Frustration, new law over FOID delays

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SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (WAND) In May, Debrah Wiley-Sloan received notice she needed to renew her Illinois Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card.

A change to her address and the new hyphenation of her name meant she had to apply by mail.

It didnt take a whole lot of time before I got (the letter back), Wiley-Sloan said. Basically, it says unable to forward.’”

Since then, Wiley-Sloan has tried a state phone line for FOID cards with no success.

Im lucky. Im a part time employee, so I have a lot of days when I can hit re-dial, Wiley-Sloan said. Ive done this since probably the first of June.

Earlier this year, Illinois State Police warned of delays this summer because of a high volume of FOID cards that would need to be renewed. State police did not respond to a request for comment this week.

On Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill that, among other provisions, extended the grace period for expired FOID cards to 60 days while gun owners new cards are processed.

Meanwhile, Wiley-Sloan said several people around her are experiencing similar delays.

Its been very frustrating, Wiley-Sloan said. Ive been a legal gun owner most of my adult life. Ive never had any problems. Im just wondering why they cant get it together and make it work.

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