Rep. McDermed Votes No on Intrusive FOID Law Changes

Springfield, IL…. After the Illinois House of Representatives narrowly approved wide-reaching legislation impacting FOID law on a 62-52 vote, State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) issued the following statement:  

“The goal of improved public safety is laudable and one we should all be striving towards. However, this legislation goes beyond addressing believed deficiencies in FOID law. I oppose the fingerprinting of law-abiding citizens who have done nothing wrong other than wanting to exercise their constitutional right. It is a blatant privacy intrusion and 4th amendment violation that would result in the Illinois State Police maintaining a database of 1/5th of Illinoisan’s fingerprints. No other constitutional right requires a fingerprint. This legislation will certainly be challenged in court, holding up the other aspects of the bill that will actually improve the FOID system. Furthermore, ISP already has difficulty processing the sheer number of FOID card requests and their renewals. This bill will lower the required renewal period from 10 years to 5 years, creating an even worse logjam of applications at ISP. Bottom line, while other legislation that won’t be considered by the majority party contains the same safety provisions, this bill puts additional undue burdens on ISP and law-abiding gun owners.”