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New FOID Law Makes ISP Report Firearms Disqualification to Local Law Enforcement to Encourage FOID Seizure

On January 1, 2017, the ISP will be required to forward notice of FOID prohibitions and revocations to local law enforcement agencies.

Public Act 099-0787 requires the Illinois State Police to give such notice “to all law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction to assist with the seizure of the [prohibited] person’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.”

On its face, the bill is calculated to prevent retention of FOID cards by people who have been rendered ineligible by a prohibition and/or revocation. However, my fear is that this will lead overzealous local law enforcement to conduct warrantless searches and/or seizures of firearms. Prohibited persons could then be prosecuted for possession of the firearms. The situation becomes even more complicated where a prohibited person lives with other gun owners who remain eligible to possess firearms.

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