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Registration, then confiscation


If you want to own a firearm in Illinois, you need to get an FOID card first. It's supposedly easy to get with a basic background check in most of the state (Chicago and suburbs being the big exception, I expect) but you need the state issued ID in order to own a firearm at all. That's mighty convenient for law enforcement when they decide that you aren't allowed to own those firearms any longer:
A new Cook County Sheriff's team is crisscrossing the suburbs to seize guns from thousands of people whose Firearm Owners' Identification Cards have been revoked. More than 3,000 people in Cook County have failed to surrender their revoked FOID cards to the state. Sheriff Tom Dart said he thinks many of them continue to possess firearms.
Mind you, "revoked" probably means they committed a crime (or had a restraining order taken out against them) that makes them ineligible to own the firearms under state law, federal law, or both. But it still points out that if the government decides you shouldn't have firearms, having a list of gun owners makes taking those firearms back a lot easier. Whether the reason for taking them back is individualized and legitimate... or not.

Hat tip to saysuncle, who really shouldn't have said "expired" when his source said "revoked".

This entry was published Tue Jul 30 03:22:34 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-07-30 03:22:34.0. [Tweet]

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