A massive win for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms was just handed down in the land of Lincoln. A Judge in Southern Illinois has ruled that the Democrat stronghold’s “Firearm Owners Identification Card” or FOID law is unconstitutional as it places the burden of paying a fee on gun ownership, therefore constituting infringment. If the ruling survives appeals and makes it into legal precedent it could spell doom for the insane Democrat Gun confiscation initiative of HR 127.
According to Guns.com Judge T. Scott Webb ruled,
“A citizen in the State of Illinois is not born with a Second Amendment right. Nor does that right insure when a citizen turns 18 or 21 years of age. It is a façade. They only gain that right if they pay a $10 fee, complete the proper application, and submit a photograph. If the right to bear arms and self-defense are truly core rights, there should be no burden on the citizenry to enjoy those rights, especially within the confines and privacy of their own homes.”
The Ruling That Could Break Democrat’s Anti-Second Amendment Push
If the Illinois Court’s ruling holds true that the fee of acquiring a FOID card then the fevered dreams of the Democrat-Socialists led by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee must also be lain bare. The Illinois FOID law imposes a $10 fee than the bevy of significant financial and regulatory burdens.
This burden as reported by Patriot United News inclues “FIREARM INSURANCE’ and an $800 fee required—”The Attorney General shall issue to any person who has applied for a license pursuant to subsection (c) and has paid to the Attorney General the fee specified in paragraph (2) of this subsection a policy that insures the person against liability for losses and damages resulting from the use of any firearm by the person during the 1-year period that begins with the date the policy is issued. (2) FEE.—The fee specified in this paragraph is $800.”
According to the Chicago-Sun Times, the FOID system also adds a severe regulatory burden that definitively infringes the right of citizens to bear arms while they wait in some caes up to 120 days for approval, despite the law requiring no more than a 30 day delay. There are approximately 130,000 backlogged FOID renewals in Illinois TODAY. In order to implement the type of regulatory burden HR127 seeks to apply, which is far more stringent, a completely new federal agency would be required JUST to handle licensure and applications in a timely fashion. That isn’t the point though, the point is to make the process so laborious, expensive and onerous that simply no-one wants to bother owning a firearm anymore. That’s the point, that Judge Webb has found.