MURPHYSBORO (WSIL) -- State Rep. Terri Bryant wants to extend the expiration date on Illinois FOID cards and concealed carry licenses (CCL) amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Monday, Rep. Bryant (R-Murphysboro) sent a letter to Governor JB Pritzker's office asking him to extend the expiration dates for 90 days.
Bryant says the move is "critical" for gun owners who may have an expired card.
Bryant, along with other lawmakers, has previously called for changes in the FOID application process to combat what she describes as a "massive backlog."
"I appreciate your efforts to lead the State of Illinois during this unprecedented crisis. The people of Illinois are looking to their leaders to have their backs and ensure their security during this stressful time. Please, consider extending expiration dates for firearm owner identification cards and concealed carry licenses for 90 days to protect law-abiding citizens from wrongful arrest or prosecution," stated Rep. Bryant in a letter to Gov. Pritzker.
In the letter, Bryant compared the extension of FOID and CCLs to a move made by the governor's office in March to extend the expiration dates for Illinois driver's licenses, ID cards, and vehicle registration amid the closure of Driver Services facilities.