Senator Anderson: Repeal the FOID Act

By: Senator Neil Anderson State Senator for the 36th District

This spring, I introduced legislation to repeal the outdated and redundant Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Act. The FOID Act is nearly 50 years old. Advancements in technology and changes in the law over the last 50 years have made it a redundant, unnecessary burden on the citizens of Illinois.

The FOID Act was put in place back in 1968 to identify people who were eligible to own firearms and ammunition, and to meet the requirements of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968. A lot has changed since then. Now, we have access to instant background checks and web-based criminal databases operated by law enforcement. The requirements set out in the FOID Act have outlived their necessity.

Today, Illinois is the only state in the nation that requires such a permit to purchase or possess guns and ammunition. My legislation would repeal the FOID Act in its entirety. However, it will not change Illinois’ current concealed carry law, or change any of the current restrictions against felons possessing firearms. Federal background checks that are required before a firearm can be purchased will remain in place to ensure those who are not legally eligible are not allowed to buy a gun.

My legislation doesn’t expand concealed carry or make it easier for criminals to buy guns. It simply repeals an outdated law that places unnecessary burdens on the citizens of this state.

 

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Illinois Conservatives to host Tea Party Express on Monday

 Moline, Il. – The Illinois Conservatives to host the Tea Party Express in the Quad Cities

 

The Tea Party Express recently launched their Mobile Phone Bank Bus tour on an 81-Day Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign that aims at engaging and educating conservative voters in the November 6th election.

 

The 45 foot Tea Party Express bus is a state-of-the-art campaign tool that allows the grassroots campaign anywhere in the country. The bus will have 15 workstations for volunteers, each with their own laptop and phone. The tour will stop in 23 states that are the key battleground states for the 2012 election.

 

During the Moline stop the Tea Party Express bus will be parked at the Neil Anderson Campaign Headquarters at 2424 40th Ave Moline, IL.

 

Anderson stated “We are excited to be working with the Illinois Conservatives and the Tea Party Express in this grassroots effort to reach the voters.”

 

The Tea Party Express will assist the grassroots efforts of local candidates who believe in fiscal responsibility, reducing the size of government and taxes, and controlling spending

 

Anderson stated “It’s time to bring focus on Illinois’ skyrocketing deficits, unsustainable debt and loss of jobs and business to other states and countries as a result of over taxing and over regulations.” He continued, “Many think Illinois is too far gone: We have an opportunity this election to change the course of our state, give it back to the people and be competitive to the other states in the nation.”

Anyone interested in getting involved or learning more about this effort are welcome to attend

Illinois Conservatives back Neil Anderson in the 72nd

“I am honored to have the endorsement from the Illinois Conservatives. I am proud to be among this small yet distinguished group of Conservative Candidates from across this great state. I pledge to uphold core principles and work tirelessly citizens of the 72nd District as well as the entire state.” Stated Anderson

Neil Anderson, Candidate for Illinois 72nd District State Representative
Neil resides in Rock Island with his wife Brandi, seven year old son and baby girl on the way. He is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Moline. He attended The University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he played football for the Huskers.