There’s been a lot of talk about various police forces seizing firearms in the event of a revoked FOID card. Much of this talk has focused on initiatives like Operation Clean Sweep in Rockford, where police checked up on residents whose FOID card had been revoked.
To some, this is a bad thing. We live in a police state. Too much government involvement. Infringements of liberties.
If someone who is not legally allowed to own a firearm owns a firearm, shouldn’t we do something about that? Shouldn’t we remove that weapon from their possession? Many times, these individuals are guilty of other crimes, and have a history of violence.
I’m very pro-second amendment. I believe firmly in responsible gun ownership, yet the key there is responsible. Your right to throw a punch stops at my nose. Your right to own a firearm stops when you prove you’re irresponsible. For example, this man.
Police say a South Shore man who was about to be evicted pulled an AK-47 assault rifle on his landlord when he approached the tenant.
The landlord called the police, and when officers arrived at the home, Frank Johnson, 54, told police that he owned a rifle.
Officers found the AK-47, a stockpile of ammunition and no valid firearm owner’s identification card. Police said his FOID card had been revoked.
Seize his weapons and throw his ass in jail. Never let him own a firearm again. If he’s ever found illegally possessing a firearm in the future, throw his ass in jail again. This makes sense to most people. Hell, it even makes sense to Rahm.
“Criminals continue to escape with minor sentences for possessing and using firearms, and these light penalties do not reflect the severity of their crimes nor the damage they cause our communities,” Mr. Emanuel said. “Increasing these penalties and requiring minimum sentences will ensure criminals are held accountable and discourage criminals from carrying and using guns.”
Officials said their proposed legislation is based, in part, on a recent University of Chicago Crime Lab finding that the average sentence for a crime committed with a gun here is about two years, with offenders actually serving only about half of that. After New York imposed mandatory minimum sentences, the murder rate and prison population fell by double digits, officials said.
The girl who was shot and killed in Chicago? The man who shot her was on probation for a gun crime (that he never served any time for). He should have been in jail.
Yes. Please. Let’s give the police the authority to seize all firearms owned by someone with a revoked FOID. If they claim to have “transferred” the firearm, require them to provide the Federally required paperwork proving it. If they can’t, throw them – and the person whom it was supposedly “transferred” to – in jail. If they try to hide the firearms, put them in jail. If they fight having them confiscated, put them in jail.
Let’s stop discussing new laws, and start discussing what we’re going to do when existing laws are broken.
- Mayor calls criminal justice system “revolving door” (wgntv.com)
- Illinois State Rifle Association Offers Concealed Carry Advice To Illinois Citizens (sacbee.com)
- Tim West: Revealing gun permit holders a dumb move (nraila.org)
- Why I Am Against Background Checks for Weapons (pointsandfigures.com)
- 4 things the IL State Rifle Association recommends before state’s concealed carry law passes (illinoisreview.typepad.com)