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New Law Aims To Help Block Firearms Access After FOID Revocation

A new law that goes into effect in January is intended to prevent access to firearms for residents whose license to own a gun in the state has been revoked.

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State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, says the law will help the state police let local law enforcement officials know when someone's Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card has been rescinded because there is an order of protection against them.

“We just don't have the staff power at the State Police level to go get the guns when they need to be gotten,” Cassidy said, “and so this creates a mechanism by which the State Police can notify local law enforcement, and the local law enforcement is now authorized to go and get the guns when someone becomes ineligible.”

The National Rifle Association remained neutral on the legislation, and it passed with broad bipartisan support.

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