Illinois lawmaker wants to end gun owner ID cards -

Illinois lawmaker wants to end gun owner ID cards

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A Southern Illinois state representative is pushing a plan to end the state's program to register and identify gun owners.

Representative Jerry Costello said the Firearm Owners ID program is losing money and creating more bureaucracy for lawful gun owners.

"It's very important to my constituents in downstate Illinois," Costello said.

Currently the FOID cards are needed to purchase and possess guns and buy ammunition.  Applicants must submit to a background check.

Illinois State Police said there are over two million active card holders in the state and last year they revoked 11,000 cards.

Even without the FOID program, gun purchasers are still required to have background checks.

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