Opposes Bill to Collect Bio-Metric Data of 25% of Residents
State Representative Andrew Chesney voted to protect 2nd Amendment Rights by opposing Senate Bill 1966, an omnibus bill requiring Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) Card renewals occur twice as often (from every ten to every five years), an increase in the renewal fee and mandatory bio-metric data (fingerprinting) collection for all gun-owners.
“I represent all or parts of Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Winnebago, Ogle, Carroll and Whiteside Counties. According to ISP’s own numbers, over 110,000 citizens in these counties are active lawful FOID card holders. That means 1 in every 4 residents,” said Rep. Chesney. “Mandatory fingerprinting would mean that the State Police would be in possession of fingerprints for 25% of law-abiding citizens in the counties I represent.”
“The problems in Chicago related to violent crime have nothing to do with law-abiding citizens exercising their rights in a lawful manner in the rest of Illinois,” Chesney continued. “Those law-abiding citizens should not have their rights infringed while nothing new is done to enforce current laws against criminal acts.”
Senate Bill 1966 passed by a vote of 62-52-0-4. Rep. Chesney spoke out on the House Floor before voting NO.
“Illinois is one of the only states with a FOID card system to begin with,” continued Rep. Chesney. “Democrats supportive of this initiative will soon find the Courts will exercise their duty in enforcing this Constitutional Right over the objection of these anti-gun zealots who fail their sworn oath to defend the U.S. Constitution.”