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An interesting Illinois FOID fact

Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Reporting



Although DHS does not administer the Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) in Illinois, DHS does play an important role in the activities that go into implementing the FOID program. If you are a provider of mental health treatment in Illinois the following information may be helpful in understanding the statutory basis of FOID and whether or not you have responsibilities for reporting information to the Department of Human Services.

In 1967, Illinois enacted legislation to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by providing a system of identifying persons who are not qualified to acquire or possess firearms and firearm ammunition within the State of Illinois. The Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) Act designated the Illinois State Police (ISP) as responsible for administering the ACT (Laws 1967, p.2600, approved August 3, 1967, effective July 1, 1968. Codified at Illinois Revised Statutes, Ch. 38, Section 83-1 et seq.).

In 2007 Public Act 095-0564 & Public Act 095-0581 amended the FOID legislation. Most importantly "who must report" was expanded beyond inpatient hospital settings to include a number of other entities. These amendments also changed what information is reported and requires reporting within 7 days rather than every 30 days.

Reporting is accomplished via the web based system, called FOID Reporting System, developed and maintained by the Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS is responsible for comparing the data reported against the State Police FOID files to identify possible matches. The ISP is then responsible for investigating and processing the application for the FOID card.

DHS monitors compliance with reporting requirements and reports deficiencies to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, and other state authorities as needed.
Who Needs to Report?

Individually Licensed Mental Health Practitioners and Reporting Institutions can use the FOID Reporting System. Descriptions and what to report are listed on the Individually Licensed Mental Health Practitioners and Reporting Institutions information pages.
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If you are wanting a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card.Apply for a FOID card at (www.isp.state.il.us/foid)
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Here I was thinking DHS = Department of Homeland Security.
So is the required reporting from the various mental health service providers the interesting aspect you were wanting to call attention to? From what I read here, it seems like a good piece of legislation. Keep firearms out of the hands of people who are not mentally stable, right?

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Here I was thinking DHS = Department of Homeland Security.
So is the required reporting from the various mental health service providers the interesting aspect you were wanting to call attention to? From what I read here, it seems like a good piece of legislation. Keep firearms out of the hands of people who are not mentally stable, right?
It's not just that. It may also keep current gun owners who may feel that they need help from getting it for fear of losing their weapons.
I wonder if there's folks who won't go get help because they don't want to lose their FOID.
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It's not just that. It may also keep current gun owners who may feel that they need help from getting it for fear of losing their weapons.
I wonder if there's folks who won't go get help because they don't want to lose their FOID.
I hear what you are saying, I hadn't thought about that. Here are a couple of items that require further clarification to make a judgement about the legislation:

1. In 2007 Public Act 095-0564 & Public Act 095-0581 amended the FOID legislation. Most importantly "who must report" was expanded beyond inpatient hospital settings to include a number of other entities. These amendments also changed what information is reported and requires reporting within 7 days rather than every 30 days.

2. Individually Licensed Mental Health Practitioners and Reporting Institutions can use the FOID Reporting System. Descriptions and what to report are listed on the Individually Licensed Mental Health Practitioners and Reporting Institutions information pages.

I would need to see the details regarding the type of information being requested / required to make a call on it. Still, on face value I have to say that if someone is in need of mental health treatment, consuling, etc. I'm not sure that they should be allowed to own firearms. At minimum, I would certainly want these individuals to receive a more through eval from the ISP on their FOID card submission to determine whether the are mentally fit for owning a firearm.

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