Illinois is the example of why Democrats should never be placed in control of any government, whether local, state or federal. Their goal is to destroy the US Constitution and America and deny American citizens of any and all constitutional rights possible. A bill in Illinois passed the Senate but failed to go to a floor vote in the House, would have placed the fate of all licensed gun dealers under the rule of a board of 5 appointed liberals.
Illinois has fairly strict gun control laws. To legally own a firearm in the state, a person must apply for a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card issued by the Illinois State Police. Before issuing a FOID card, the state police conduct a background check using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) maintained and operated by the FBI. Even though state law specifies that the state police deny or issue a FOID card within 30-days of the application, the process often takes up to 60 days or longer due to a backlog of applications. Once issued, FOID cards are valid for 10 years unless otherwise revoked for various reasons prior to the 10-year expiration.
Illinois lawmakers have been trying for years to find ways to keep guns out of the hands of citizens and to stop gun dealers from selling guns. At one point, Chicago passed an ordinance to ban all gun sales within the city limits. In June 2010, the Supreme Court ruled the ban unconstitutional. In 2012, the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Chicago’s ban on run ranges. In 2014, the city passed another gun sales ordinance, designating only a limited area within the city where gun stores were allowed to operate. It also required that all sales had to be videotaped and that the person buying the gun was only allowed to buy 1 gun in any 30-day period. Recently, a federal judge ruled that parts of this gun store regulation was unconstitutional.
Even though Chicago is not the capital of Illinois, it acts like it is and often what happens with laws in Chicago often ends up becoming state laws as well. Illinois may have a Republican governor, but the for the most part, the state is still run by liberal Democrats. Democrats enjoy a 67 to 51 majority in the state House and a 37 to 22 majority in the state Senate…
Chances are, the same bill will be re-introduced into the next legislative session of the Illinois legislature and this time there is a good chance it could pass a House vote. Gov. Rauner, a Republican, is not as conservative as most Republicans go, kind of like New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie and no one knows if he would sign the bill or not.