* From Guns Save Life…
Governor Patrick Quinn, the clueless, inept and bumbling Illinois chief executive, signed HB-1189 yesterday – a bill to end private transfers of guns between individuals. The bill also mandates the reporting of lost or stolen firearms within 72-hours of the loss, effectively penalizing gun owners a second time if their guns are stolen and they don’t detect it right away.
The only people affected by this legislation are the law-abiding Illinois residents.
“Guns are a plague on too many of our communities,” Quinn said at his big press conference.
No, governor. Anti-gun politicians are a plague on our entire state, handicapping the good guys against those criminal predators who ignore basic societal norms against murder, rape and robbery.
So, why wouldn’t gun owners want to know if a potential buyer has a valid FOID card? I don’t get it. It’s called responsible gun ownership. And how, exactly, does this “handicap the good guys?” I don’t get it. How do you know a buyer is a “good guy” if you can’t be certain that his or her FOID card is actually valid?
Also, if your gun is stolen, why wouldn’t you file a police report?
And, finally, first violations of these two new statutes are petty offenses, similar to a traffic ticket. They’re hardly “round ‘em up and throw away the key” laws.
If you say you’re a law-abider, then abide by and respect the law. Simple.
*** UPDATE *** From the Senate Dems…
Under the new FOID Card verification procedure, there is no penalty for failing to contact ISP to confirm a valid FOID Card.
Instead, there’s a “safe harbor” provision for people who do properly confirm with ISP. In the event that firearm is later misused, the owner who properly contacted ISP cannot be held liable for the misuse of that firearm. The bill specifically states that failure to comply with the new “requirement” shall not be punishable as a crime or petty offense. That was key in getting some members to support the legislation.