According to a new Chicago Tribune article, reasons include the following, all of which were found in at least one of our local towns.
- Mental health – Includes an in-patient admission to mental health facility or someone judged a clear and present danger.
- Clear and present danger – Cardholder deemed immediate threat following request by law enforcement or school officials.
- Domestic violence – Includes convictions for domestic battery, in and out of state, and orders of protection taken out against revokee.
- Felony – Felony conviction in any state.
- Prohibited from firearms – Generally triggered by court order as part of a defendant’s court supervision or probation.
- Non-resident – Cardholder has moved out of Illinois.
- Administrative – Incomplete application, lack of funds or answering “yes” on any disqualifying questions on FOID application.
- Adult – A catch-all category for adult FOID card revocations
Here are the number of FOID cardholders from 2015-2019 who did not account for their weapons after having their licenses stripped in each community:
- Algonquin – 76
- Barrington Hills – 6
- Bull Valley – 2
- Cary – 52
- Crystal Lake – 108
- Fox Lake – 28
- Fox River Grove – 7
- Greenwood – none reported
- Harvard – 29
- Hebron – 9
- Holiday Hills – 1
- Island Lake – 21
- Johnsburg – 14
- Lake in the Hills – 48
- Lakemoor – 12
- Lakewood – 3
- Marengo – 35
- McHenry – 111
- Oakwood Hills – 5
- Port Barrington – 3
- Prairie Grove – 1
- Richmond – 7
- Ringwood – 2
- Spring Grove – 26
- Union – 5
- Wonder Lake – 41
- Woodstock – 82
The “non-resident” category caught my attention.
Perhaps they are people who have declared their residence in another state, but still own a home locally.
And, they still have guns in Illinois.
One, for example, was found in Barrington Hills.
Someone owns an illegal gun(s), it would appear, because this now-non-resident is not allowed to have an Illinois Fire Owners Identification Card.
There’s a classic Catch-22.
It’s illegal to have a gun in Illinois and illegal to drive it oneself to the state where one’s next home will be.