The Illinois state police have issued new rules regarding the renewal of FOID cards and concealed carry permits including for those with temporary carry permits. Under the new directives, gun owners will not have to worry about the state of their licenses during the ongoing crisis. The Illinois state police filed the emergency orders on Thursday, and they took effect immediately.
Under the new rules, CCL holders do not need to immediately submit their proof of three-hour training with their CCL renewal application. They will, however, need to submit their 3-hour renewal training within 12 months after the disaster orders are uplifted to keep their licenses.
FOID cardholders who submit their renewal application will retain the validity of their cards during the period of the disaster proclamation as well as 12 additional months after the termination of the disaster. This condition will apply even if the firearm owners submitted their renewal application after expiration. The same requirement will apply for Concealed carry licenses.
These new conditions will ensure that firearm owners do not violate firearm licensing regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Illinois Gov. Pritzker is among the first democratic governors to declare gun shops as essential businesses.
His declaration emerged even before the federal authorities had issued the directive. His declaration was warmly received by gun rights activists who were concerned about the violation of citizens’ second amendment rights during the novel coronavirus crisis.
Despite Gov. Pritzker allowing gun shops to remain open, he remains a strong proponent of various gun control laws that threaten individuals’ second amendment rights. However, he recognizes the need for citizens to protect themselves when the atmosphere in the country remains uncertain. Maybe it would be necessary for Gov. Pritzker to review his position on second amendment rights.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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