Illinois House Democrats are pushing fingerprint requirements and increased fees for the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards that state residents must acquire in order to purchase/possess firearms.
The state House passed the legislation, House Bill 1091, Saturday afternoon, the State Journal-Register noted.
HB 1091 would require to FOID card applicants to submit fingerprints along with their application and would require current card holders to submit fingerprints when they renew their card.
Democrat state Rep. Maura Hirschauer painted the bill as a pursuit of “safety,” but Republican state Rep. Tony McCombie countered, saying, “This is not…about public safety. It’s just another gun grab in Illinois.”
Breitbart News spoke with state Sen. Chapin Rose (R) about the bill. “Law abiding citizens should not be treated like criminals, and that’s exactly what the Democrats are doing by making them get fingerprinted to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” Rose said.