Hello. I ran across your blog on the internet where I got your email address. I have a question for you regarding getting my FOID, but I am also a convicted felon.
I did apply for a FOID about 5 years ago and of-course was denied. I am wondering what the chances are of me ever getting one. I was convicted of a drug related offense around June 30, 1991, when I was 19 years old. I was immature and just plain stupid back then. I went to bootcamp for first time offenders down in southern IL. I have not been in any trouble since. I do not do drugs or associate with people who do. I have earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and have also taken several classes towards my MBA. I was married in September 2006 and am also a homeowner. I do not drink. I don't have any children yet. I have been working as a Client Programmer for a Marketing firm for about 9 years now. My conviction was about 16 years ago. I am not sure that I want to purchase any guns, but I would like to have my FOID in-case I do decide. The only reasons I would purchase a gun would be for home protection and to shoot at a firing range.
I am not sure of the appeal process, but I do recall receiving a letter when my FOID application was denied a few years ago that said to turn in letters of reference. The only problem I have with this is that I am new to my community and don't know many people, and I don't want to ask anyone at work. I do know a Police Officer and a retired Sheriff that would definitely give me a good reference if I were to ask them.
What would you recommend that I do if you think it's even possible for me to get a FOID ?
I really appreciate you taking the time to read this email.
Thank you very much.
I checked with one of our people who is in charge of the FOID section of the State Police. Since this is a specialized area, they can best answer your questions. Please contact either Greg Lueken at 217-782-3960 or Cheryn Lawson at 217-558-0009. Randy