State Representative Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is sponsoring legislation that would remove the need to have a Firearm Owners Identification Card to own or purchase a firearm in the state of Illinois.
Illinois is one of only four states that requires a special permit or ID to purchase or own a firearm. Most other states, including Illinois’ border states, only use a driver license to perform the background checks.
Costello said in a press release that “Southern Illinoisans should be able to hunt and defend themselves without the government getting in the way and convoluting the process.”
Some people like Steve Strack, an employee of Alpha and Omega Guns and Gear and an auxiliary police officer for the city of Murphysboro, says that it could speed up the process of purchasing a firearm and also be cheaper. The application process for a FOID card is $11.
Others believe that the measures that are attached to the FOID card are important. They say that it is important to have that waiting period.
The legislation is a 296 page document: HB 3178
Carbondale Police are searching for a man that robbed the Kroger gas station over the weekend. Police say that the man approached the attendant booth and demanded money and cigarettes.
The man claimed to have a gun in his pocket and the attendant complied with the robbers demands.
The man fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.
The first Saluki Sportsview of Spring 2017 aired live on WSIU-TV 8/16 February 23, 2017.
Sportsview Host Zach Barrett sat down with SIU Basketball Coach Barry Hinson. Hinson was MVC Coach of the Year last year. Hinson gave his thoughts on the upcoming tournament.[youtube https://youtu.be/LCQAxJqOnV0]
One Saluki Shot Putter broke the SIU shot put record with a throw of 67’2″. Curtis Wideman checked in with the SIU throwing team for Saluki Sportsview.[youtube youtu.be/MFHZpVAasQY]