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1 year after Aurora shooting, police push gun-fee hike

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly is commemorating the one-year anniversary of an Aurora warehouse shooting that killed five employees and wounded five police officers.

He said Thursday that the state police has beefed up enforcement of the Firearms Owner's Identification card process with its existing budget.

But Kelly says more is necessary and advocated legislation in the Senate to increase the FOID fee. The legislation would also require fingerprints from applicants. Gun-rights advocates bitterly oppose the measure.

"That bill will provide additional resources necessary to sustain and improve our efforts to improve our access to fingerprint-associated records across the country, and to support local law enforcement's ability to accomplish this public safety mission," said Kelly.

The proposal would also drop the FOID card renewal period to five years, instead of 10. That bill passed out of the House last Spring before stalling in the Senate. Kelly hopes the plan will gain enough support in the coming months to make it to the Governor's desk. Pritzker has previously announced his support for the bill.

They filed a lawsuit this month against the state police alleging that $30 million in gun-enforcement fees was spent on other bills.

Associated Press

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