Lose your FOID, give up your guns: Making a sound policy work | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Lose your FOID, give up your guns: Making a sound policy work

Sound government policies are often hard to achieve, requiring imagination, judgment, experience and compromise. When it comes to guns, Illinois has done well. Our policies represent a sensible balance that ensures the right of law-abiding residents to buy and use firearms while protecting the public from people who can’t be trusted with them.

Anyone who wants to purchase a gun or ammunition has to get a firearm owner’s identification card, which means passing a background check. Among those barred: felons, drug users, undocumented immigrants, fugitives and those who have been institutionalized for the treatment of mental illness or convicted of domestic violence offenses. Anyone rejected for a FOID card is not allowed to have guns. It’s a good system.

But even the best systems on paper require conscientious implementation and administration. That is where Illinois has fallen short.

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