In Illinois and a few other states, you need to get “permission“ to legally own a firearm.
Let‘s go back to pre-civil war Texas and look at this law:
1839 Tex. Gen. Laws 172, An Act Concerning Slaves, § 6
That no slave in this republic shall carry a gun or other deadly weapon without the written consent of his master, mistress or overseer; such arms or other weapons shall be liable to be taken by any person from any such negro, and all such property forfeited, if it does not exceed ten dollars in value; but any such property may be reclaimed by the owner on paying ten dollars to the person who may have so taken the same.
So “negros” had to get written permission from their “master” or “overseer” to get/carry a deadly weapon. Sounds familiar in modern day:
To legally own (and pay fees to obtain the card):
To legally carry (and pay fees to obtain the license):
So just like back in the day, citizens of the state have to get written permission from their masters (in this case, the state of Illinois) in order to legally own and carry a firearm. Don’t get the cards (pay the fees), and you are a criminal under the law and subject to fines, punishment and imprisonment.
You’d think “progressives“ during this time of racial tensions (mainly pushed by democrats and their activist groups due to incidents with LE before all the facts come out regarding the incidents) would recognize this, but nah, they’re doubling down and trying to make “permission” harder to obtain.
What does this FOID bill do?
Criminalize private transfers, with violations being punished as a Class 4 felony.
Require the recipient of a firearm gifted by a family member to call into Illinois State Police within 60 days to run a background check on themselves, even though they must already hold a FOID.
Allow for the indefinite delay of firearm transfers. Currently, federal law allows a licensed firearm dealer (FFL) to release a firearm after three business days if they have not received any additional correspondence after receiving a “delay” when conducting the initial background check for a firearm transfer. This safeguard prevents the potential shutdown of sales via endless delays and allows law-abiding individuals to take possession of a firearm in a timely manner.
Mandate FOID applicants submit fingerprints, including for renewals, which does not add anything of investigative value.
Increase FOID processing time from one calendar month to thirty business days, which can span more than six weeks.
Reduce the duration of the FOID from ten years to five while also increasing the application fee from $10 to $20, resulting in a significant increase in the cost to maintain a FOID for the same amount of time.
Require FOID applicants pay all costs for fingerprinting and processing the background check, totaling around $150 on top of the application fee.
Prohibit those with a revoked FOID from transferring firearms to another FOID card holder in the same household and also take away the right to self-defense from individuals due to the alleged actions of someone else in their household.
Require the owner of the seized firearms to petition the court to have them transferred to a third party.
Now since the “masters” (Politicians) want to raise the fees involved ($10 to $20 and reducing the time it‘s valid, thus meaning renewals more often), it’s important to understand where that money goes. Well, as Mom-At-Arms discovered last year, it goes to fund other things (or no where at all), and the issues that led to this draconian bill are thanks to the same people responsible for the mishaps that led up to it. The findings regarding the funds led to a federal lawsuit (forced the ISRA to release more info they were sitting on in secret, apparently), and that’s on top of other FOID lawsuits being filed currently as well.
We all hear from the left that the US was founded on racism/slavery and so was US law enforcement. If that’s the case, why aren’t the same people and activist groups demanding an end to BS things like FOID/CCL cards? I know the reason and so do most of our readers: it’s because these people are phony and are selective about their outrage (many gun grabbers weren’t outraged about a black 12 year old being shot due to an expired FOID raid btw).
End the corrupt FOID card and scrap SB1966. We as a people are past being treated like slaves and requiring permission from our “masters and overseers”. Our rights as a whole are more important than the feelings of some brainwashed and out of touch activists (see pic below) who’s own organization has some deep problems with actual racism.
Again, do these people even know where the laws they advocate for originated?
The ultimate irony in all of this is that minority state reps get caught up in this mess (arrested due to a clerical error of the license not being valid), yet they call constituents “slave masters” for calling them out in comments about anti-gun laws they support.