I know on the FOID card application it asks "In the past 5 years, have you been a patient in any medical facility or part of any medical facility used primarily for the care or treatment of persons for mental illness?". If you answer yes it asks for full details. I was in the local hospital mental health unit 4 years ago for a brief 4 day visit due to depression. I admitted myself in there and was not forced to go there. However do to state law my FOID card was taken from me. I'm now wanting my FOID card back for I can legally own and shoot a gun at the range, which to me is a way to relieve stress. I recently sent in my application for the FOID card, my $10 check and a letter giving full details of why I was admitted, when, for how long and my treatment while in there and the treatment I received afterwards. I'm hoping that they will issue me a FOID even though its only been 4 years and I had to answer yes to their question in order to be truthful. They cashed my check 10 days ago and I have yet to receive anything from them. I know the law says 30 days and that some people report having to wait up to 2 months or more to receive it. My question is does me answering yes to their question automatically mean that I will be denied and that I wasted my effort and $10......or do they base it upon each individual case meaning I do have a chance of getting one? I'm hopeful they will issue me one, since I've yet to get a denial letter from them, and they did cash my check, which tells me they're probably doing a back ground check on me, which I know I'll pass with no problems. I'm just if anyone else have answered yes to any of their questions and still got a FOID card or if answering yes automatically disqualify you from getting one, even though they do ask for full details. Next question is, if they do deny me a FOID, is there any way to appeal their decision and try to get it over turned?