FOID card issues: Calumet Metropolis lady will get card with fallacious image after yearlong wait

2021-06-11 01:09:53

CHICAGO (WLS) — There are new complaints about Illinois’ firearm ID, or FOID, playing cards, this time from a lady in Calumet Metropolis who stated after ready practically a yr for her credentials, solely to get a card with a stranger’s face on it.

Koffie Brown stated she has no clue who the person within the image is, and might’t get the state to repair the issue.

She stated she by no means thought it could take this lengthy to obtain her FOID card and now she’s questioning if she’ll have to attend one other yr for the state to get it proper.

“I am able to buy a firearm,” Brown stated. “I waited a yr.”

Brown stated she utilized for her FOID card in July 2020.

“I do not perceive why we have now to undergo all of this to have the ability to carry a gun. I do not perceive it,” she stated.

To make issues worse, when she lastly bought her card it had another person’s image and signature together with her title and private data.

“I am like who is that this man and who has my data?” she stated. “It sort of spooked me.”

Complaints have been rolling in about FOID playing cards and Hid Carry Licenses for greater than a yr. Dozens of individuals throughout the state stated they have been ready for his or her firearm credentials for months, and might’t get ahold of anybody from the state to get solutions.

Brown stated the entire expertise left her very annoyed.

“I am nonetheless in limbo ready on this card. I already took my hid carry class, however I am unable to apply for that till I’ve my FOID card so I am nonetheless caught,” she stated.

The I-Group reached out to Illinois State Police, who administer the credentials. They apologized for the inaccurate image, saying partly, “This was the results of a coding error within the software program from a program that was written 5 years in the past…These playing cards characterize about 1% of the playing cards processed within the first 4 months of 2021. As quickly because the error was found, the Illinois State Police (ISP) Firearms Providers Bureau (FSB) printed and mailed all the recognized picture errors.”

As for the FOID card and CCL delays, ISP stated, “New FOID backlog has decreased by 18% and renewal backlog has decreased by 38% since March 2020, which may be attributed partly to extra hiring and technological advances.”

New FOID functions are taking the state nearly 5 months to course of, and FOID card renewals are taking simply over six months in line with ISP’s web site.

Brown stated she nonetheless hasn’t gotten her corrected FOID card.

“Get it collectively,” she stated. “It shouldn’t take this lengthy to use for a FOID card. Rent folks. Do what it is advisable to do. You shouldn’t have a citizen ready a yr.”

ISP stated they’re presently requesting laws that will assist streamline the firearm credentialing course of, like consolidating the FOID and CCL card right into a single card, and creating an digital card that may be immediately up to date.

Brown stated the state lastly did get again to her and stated she ought to obtain her new card, however did not say when.

To see common wait instances for FOID card and CCLs, click on right here.

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