Illinois again tries to dance around the 2nd amendment

February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm (Political Ponderings)

Illinois already has the FOID card, which requires citizens to register with the state to own a firearm – which many, many critics claim is likely little more than a way to track down the owners once they finally figure out how to outlaw them all together.
Now, there’s a big making the rounds to amend this with the following:

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that any person who owns a firearm in this State shall maintain a policy of liability insurance in the amount of at least $1,000,000 specifically covering any damages resulting from negligent or willful acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person. Provides that a person shall be deemed the owner of a firearm after the firearm is lost or stolen until such loss or theft is reported to the police department or sheriff of the jurisdiction in which the owner resides. Provides that the Department of State Police shall revoke and seize a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card previously issued under this Act if the Department finds that the person to whom such card was issued possesses or acquires a firearm and does not submit evidence to the Department of State Police that he or she has been issued in his or her name a liability insurance policy in the amount of at least $1,000,000 specifically covering any damages resulting from negligent or willful acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person. Effective January 1, 2010.

Ephasis mine, link to the summary here.

So in a nutshell, since they haven’t figured out how to legally ban handguns all together, they’re trying to make it so expensive and legally risky to own one that many people who would otherwise own one will be scared away by the cost and/or legal risk, and they also want it to be retroactive so that even people who have owned firearms for years will be required to fall under these new legal guidelines.

Is it likely to pass? Probably not, but still, I find it amazing how blatantly they try to dance around the Bill of Rights.

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