The New FOID Already Has A Problem

The Illinois State Police have released a new version of the Firearm Owner Identification card, and there is already a problem. This new FOID card, released in January 2022, is a combined identification card. The ISP has merged the Concealed carry License and the Firearm Owner ID into one card. Let us take a look at the new FOID card and see if we can spot the problem.

Image of the New 2022 Firearm Owner Identification Card
“CAUTION: This card does not permit the bearer to UNLAWFULLY carry or use firearms.

What’s the Problem With the new FOID?

If you examine this new combined FOID and Concealed Carry License, you’ll notice it is conflicting. Remember, this is a combined card. This particular new FOID card actually allows the bearer to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois. In the upper right-hand corner of the card, it states “Indicator: CCL” But wait! It also clearly states in big red bold letters, “the card does not permit the bearer to UNLAWFULLY carry or use firearms.”

It is understandable what the ISP was trying to accomplish. One can’t “unlawfully” carry firearms. That means if your card doesn’t indicate “CCL” you’re probably carrying your firearm unlawfully. With proper training, law enforcement will understand this secret code. What’s the likelihood that a police officer in another state will understand this secret code? Just as there have been arrests for Illinois residents carrying concealed in other states with concealed carry licenses indicating “expired”, I predict there too shall be arrests for carrying firearms in other states with the new combined FOID/CCL.

Don’t Drown in Muddy Waters

There is a solution to this problem of vague ambiguity. We are suggesting to our students to apply for a Florida concealed weapons permit and/or Arizona concealed weapons permit. The Florida and Arizona concealed weapons permits are accepted in dozens of states and do not have conflicting markings upon their cards. Carrying one or both of these non-resident permits might just keep you out of trouble with law enforcement in another state. You’ve got to expect the law enforcement officer to handle the situation at face value and be prepared for it. Of course, if you never leave Illinois this is a non-issue.

Due to our instructor credentials, the 16 hour concealed carry class, offered by Alpha Koncepts, allows the student to apply for the Illinois, Florida, and Arizona concealed carry licenses. That’s like 3 classes in one. In addition, our 8 hour Alpha Pistol Basics allows the student to apply for Florida or Arizona concealed weapons permits.

Suggestion to the ISP

Instead of “indicator: CCL”, why not change what the bottom red line reads based upon the status of the person’s license. Instead of CCL, which out of state law enforcement may not understand, change the bottom line for those who are licensed to carry, to read: “This card does permit the carrier to carry a concealed firearm in accordance with Illinois law.”? For clarity of my suggestion… The bottom line can be changed just as easily as the top line, based upon the person’s status, and would prevent problems while interacting with law enforcement.

   

10 thoughts on “The New FOID Already Has A Problem”

  1. This is a good article but there’s more than this issue on my new CCL card. As you statwd. My new card says…”Caution: this card does not permit bearer to unlawfully carry or use Firearms.”. But my card also says….”This does not authorize the carrying of a concealed weapon.” My card has 2 red lines or sentences on the bottom of my new card. My card also has my CCL indicator in the tip right. I have no idea why my card has 2 red sentences. This needs to be fixed by the state police

    1. Received my new FOID today. I am a CCL holder. My new FOID card has the letter “Y” in lieu of CCL as shown above. Any idea what this means?

  2. I just received my FOID card. the indicator says N, can you tell me what that means ? I am also a CCL card holder. thanks

  3. I’m more concerned about them not having expiration dates. Anyone can honestly forget to check online for their expiration date and I feel that’s a melting pot for trouble. Seems like it was done on purpose to me.

  4. My new foid says, Indicator: CCL.
    And the bottom in red,
    CAUTION: This card does not permit bearer to UNLAWFULLY Cary or use firearms. Wouldn’t unlawfully mean carry openly, or flash your gun waving it around? Please inform me!

  5. my card was revoked..i recently had them returned…my foid was active til may2022…i applied and received a new foid…..but my ccl expired in nov 2019…on the renewal portal..it says my ccl…active…but yet expired in nov 2019…unable to renew…i sent a letter and my 16 hr refresher to th isp….ythey mailed me a new foid ..like my renewal…with the ccl indicator…but i also have the red warning at the bottom not to carry…i cant renew and pay for a new ccl until they clear the portal that states active yet expired ..i need that portal to say renew….what a mess

  6. my card was revoked..i recently had them returned…my foid was active til may2022…i applied and received a new foid…..but my ccl expired in nov 2019…on the renewal portal..it says my ccl…active…but yet expired in nov 2019…unable to renew…i sent a letter and my 16 hr refresher to th isp….ythey mailed me a new foid ..like my renewal…with the ccl indicator…but i also have the red warning at the bottom not to carry…

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