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ISP backed up on reviewing FOID card applications

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LOVES PARK (WREX) — The Illinois State Police says its backed up in its review process of thousands of FOID card application.

On Jan. 4, the agency posted a message on its Facebook page saying 62,000 applications for new or renews FOID cards were under review.

The delay is impacting numerous gun owners in the Stateline.

Thomas Madison owns Madison Guns in Loves Park. He says the delay is impacting his customers.

"People are running into a problem where they do apply and they want to be within the law but they haven't received their FOID. there is like an area where they are kinda stuck," said Madison.

Madison adds the back up is affecting people known as "spotters", which are shooters that help hunters with disabilities.

"The spotters had problems renewing their FOIDS because they renewed 100 days before the hunting season and they never received their FOID," said Madison.

State Representative John Cabello says the lack of funding to increase the staff in charge of the process is the cause of the delay.

"So you have the same amount of people that are working in that office trying to get these FOIDS process and new people wanting to get their FOIDS along with the conceal and carry, its just pushed everything way back," said Rep. Cabello.

ISP says it's trying to make its call center more efficient to help people stuck in the backlog.

Lauren Baker

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