The Illinois State Police are pushing legislation that could have a severe, negative impact on gun rights in Illinois. Senate Bill 1034, which was introduced as an anti-drug bill, was recently amended by the state House of Representatives to cover Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards.
This issue surfaced due to the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ), which has allegedly threatened to shut down Illinois State Police access to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS if numerous changes to Illinois law are not implemented.
The ISP are the point of contact for NICS checks, so whenever a Federal Firearms Licensee wishes to sell a firearm in Illinois, he must contact the ISP, who then contact NICS to ensure the person who wishes to purchase the firearm is not prohibited from doing so. If the DOJ decides to shut down ISP access to NICS because the state does not capitulate to DOJ’s legislative demands, then FFLs would be unable to comply with state law and would be out of the business of selling firearms for as long as NICS is not operational in Illinois.
This negative impact to your constitutional rights and the economy, should such steps be taken, appears to be of little concern to the Obama Administration.
The problems with SB 1034 are numerous, and include unacceptable requirements that Social Security numbers be included with FOID card applications, overly broad expansion of the classes of people prohibited from purchasing a firearm, unclear residency requirements for lawful gun owners who move to Illinois, and potentially unconstitutional restrictions on individuals who object to providing a photograph for the FOID Card application due to religious reasons. These are just some of the flaws contained in SB 1034.
While this bill has some useful provisions, there is far more contained within that is completely unnecessary, unwarranted, and possibly unconstitutional.
The ISP have been unwilling to accept NRA’s input to help fix the bill, so our only recourse at this time is to work with lawmakers to fix the problems or defeat this bill. At this time, SB 1034 is moving quickly, and must be stopped NOW.