A state representative from Chicago who was arrested last November for carrying a concealed firearm without a license has had his charges dropped after prosecutors determined they didn’t have enough evidence to proceed with a trial. That’s good news for Rep. Curtis Tarver, and I think it was the right call for the Cook County Prosecutor to make, though Tarver’s case also provides plenty of evidence showing that Illinois’ Firearms Owner ID card law needs to disappear completely.
Tarver has maintained all along that his arrest was the result of a clerical error involving his FOID card that led to his concealed carry license being temporarily revoked. Here’s how he described the arrest shortly after he was released from custody.
The facts are clear and supported by documents which I have shared with the Chicago Police Department: In August 2019, my concealed carry permit was renewed through August 2024. Upon receiving notice that concealed carry license was revoked because my Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) had expired I immediately renewed my FOID. The renewal was effective as of November 16. While I had no way of knowing, this renewal purportedly was not yet reflected in Chicago Police Department records. The department acknowledged that my FOID was valid as of November 16. This was two days prior to the traffic stop, indicating that the concealed carry license should also be valid. I fully expect this case will be resolved quickly and without incident.