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Are IDs for Gun Owners Unconstitutional?

An appeals panel in Springfield won’t say, but judges agree that Second Amendment advocates make a compelling argument. That’s because few states are as restrictive as Illinois when it comes to gun ownership. Further, the 4th District Appellate Court said the state hasn’t yet proved that Firearms Ownership Identity Cards are beneficial to the wellbeing of residents. However, judges add that eliminating registration would expose residents to potential harm from those who have lost the right to own guns.

Despite the assertions, the court denied a Savoy-based advocacy group’s bid to put an end to FOIDs on Constitutional grounds. Members of Guns Save Life, Inc., say that the regime adopted in 1968 violates both federal and state guarantees. They showed evidentiary examples that the law prevents residents from exercising their rights to own guns thanks to the fees attached to registration. While the court ruled that the state’s rationale for the FOID system fails to withstand intermediate scrutiny, judges said in a 40-page decision that they were balancing the interests of both by refusing to grant an injunction.