A local State Representative is hoping to change the momentum of gun legislation being proposed in Springfield. Legislation introduced recently by State Representative Monica Bristow (D-Alton) would ease the application process for a Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOID) and concealed carry licenses and provide additional aid to members of the military and law enforcement.

The bill she has introduced goes against the trend of gun bills currently seen at the Statehouse.

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It would also; extend the life of renewed concealed carry licenses, by setting the new expiration date five years from the expiration of the previous license as opposed to five years from the renewal application date; and exempt the World Shooting Complex at Sparta from recent restrictive firearm dealer licensing requirements. The bill, she says, has bipartisan support. It just got out of committee, and Bristow hopes it will be heard on the House floor next week.

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