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.
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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.