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Rep. Cabello files bill to repeal FOID law

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — An Illinois representative has filed a bill which would repeal the Firearm Owners Identification Card act.

Rep. John Cabello (R) of the 68th district, filed House Bill 4067 on Monday.

Cabello's bill would eliminate the law that requires all Illinois residents to apply for a FOID card in order to legally possess or purchase guns or ammunition in the state.

Illinois is presently one of only four states that require residents to pay the state to obtain such a card, the others being Hawaii, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

"To me the FOID law is just another road block for law abiding citizens," Representative Cabello said. "Criminals are never going to go out and comply with gun laws because they're criminals. The FOID law is just one more layer of government. The Illinois State Police currently have a backlog of 62,000 people trying to get their FOID or renew their FOID. It's a problem that we've had for a long time."

The bill has four co-sponsors, including Freeport Rep. Andrew Chesney (R).

Cabello has filed similar legislation in 2016, 2017-2018 and again in 2018.

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