…a first-ever state audit of the program has found the safety net weakened by bureaucratic loopholes and erroneous and incomplete data that could allow the seriously mental ill and others to keep or get a FOID card to buy firearms and ammunition.
The FOID card requirement long has been controversial. Some gun rights advocates contend the unique Illinois system duplicates a required federal background check to purchase firearms from a licensed dealer. Gun control supporters argue the FOID card is a necessary first step for safety.
But the report found problems for those on either side of the gun issue. The audit showed faulty reporting allowed ineligible people to get or keep a FOID card, which pro- and anti-gun control advocates both decry. The audit also cited lengthy delays in processing card requests, with 85 percent of calls to get a status update going unanswered, which upsets gun rights supporters.