Illinois Amish Want Non-Photo FOID Card

Dave Dahl, Illinois Capitol Bureau

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (IRN) – Members of the Amish community in Illinois may soon be able to legally own a gun without possessing a photo ID. Part of a bill moving forward in Springfield would allow a photo-less firearm owners’ ID card for members of religious groups which discourage or forbid photography.

The State Police say they approve of the idea, so long as the applicant can provide certain documentation and fingerprinting.

“We do not have a problem to give our fingerprints,” said Earl Shrock, representing the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Church in Tampico. “We’re not that we’re against being identified. The reason for non-photo is we don’t want to have that lead to pride in our lives.”

S.B. 1034 has passed the House Executive Committee.

Copyright IRN


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