Illinois Amish Say FOID Requirement Will Limit Hunting
Illinois, unlike most other states, requires firearm owners to carry a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card in order to purchase a firearm. However the Amish, because of religious beliefs, have been allowed to forego the photograph required on the card. The Illinois State Police want the photograph required regardless of the religious beliefs of the FOID holder. According to the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, Amish residents believe requiring photos will limit their ability to hunt.
"A lot of the Amish hunt and they usually use squirrel or rabbit rifles to bring some food back home. Their big concern is this means they won't be able to purchase guns or ammo. They have a religious edict against photographs," said Douglas County Sheriff Charlie McGrew, who attended last week's meeting with state Sens. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, and Kyle McCarter, R-Decatur, and state Reps. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Adam Brown, R-Decatur, in an Arthur restaurant. Illinois State Police officials also attended to hear the concerns and consider possible solutions.