SPRINGFIELD — Gun owners in Illinois are predominately men and overwhelmingly white.

According to figures provided by the Illinois State Police, nearly 77 percent of the applicants for a firearms owner’s identification card in the past three years were men.

During the same time period, 85.6 percent of the applicants checked “white” as their race on the application form, compared to 8.7 percent “black” and 5.5 percent “other.”

By comparison, the 2010 U.S. Census shows whites made up about 71.5 percent of the state’s population. African-Americans accounted for about 14.5 percent and other categories made up the rest.

In all, state police say there are 1.4 million FOID card holders in Illinois.

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In Illinois, anyone who owns a firearm or ammunition is required to have a FOID card, which costs $10 and lasts 10 years.

Not everyone who applies for a FOID card can get one. Between 2009 and 2012, state police report that 16,979 applications were denied.

The state also revoked about 9,700 FOID cards for various reasons.

Applicants who have been convicted of a felony are ineligible to receive a FOID card. In addition, anyone who has been convicted of domestic battery or domestic violence is ineligible to possess a FOID card.


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