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Major overhaul of Illinois gun card program would require fingerprinting

New legislation introduced late Wednesday afternoon in Springfield would, for the first time, require gun owners to be fingerprinted.

Under the proposal, a Firearm Owners Identification Card would surge in price from $10 to $50 and the duration of the card would be cut in half from ten years to five years.

Northlake Democrat Kathleen Willis is sponsor of the bill and told the ABC7 I-Team that it was filed just before 5pm. Rep. Willis says the money generated by increased FOID fees would completely fund increased enforcement by Illinois State Police and fund grants for a new mental health program in schools.

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