In a bid to deter people from owning guns, an Illinois legislator proposed an amendment to Illinois Bill HB 96 that seeks to send a cigarette-style warning for guns to everyone who purchases a firearm and all holders of an FOID- Firearm Owner Identification Card.
Warning: The presence of a firearm in the home has been associated with an increased risk of death to self and others, including increased risk of suicide, death during domestic violence incidents, and unintentional deaths to children and others.
It’s a blatant attempt to deter people from purchasing guns. Once again, they’ve come up with something that affects only the law abiding gun owner, not the jerk who wants to cause death and mayhem.
But HB 96 isn’t just about labels:
The NRA-ILA writes (emphasis mine),
“This amendment would criminalize private transfers, require local law enforcement to obtain warrants to seize firearms from holders of revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards (FOID), and make the process to apply for a FOID card more expensive and cumbersome by requiring applications be made in person with Illinois State Police (ISP).”
In other words, HB 96 adds more seizures of guns, more regulations, more hurdles to overcome for the average gun owner.
From the Illinois bill:
Within 30 days of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, the Department of State Police shall give notice to each Firearm Owner’s Identification Card holder of the changes made by this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly. As soon as practical, the Department shall include upon the back of each Firearm Owner’s Identification Card a statement that reflects the changes made by this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly….
… Make application in person with the Department offrom HB 96
State Police on blank forms prepared and furnished at
convenient locations throughout the State by
Department of State Police, or by electronic means, if and
when made available by the Department of State Police.
It’s not a new concept, but it is a ridiculous one. Because of the designation of gun violence as a “health problem,” some states have decided a “health warning” is a good idea. In July of 2018, King County, Washington attempted to put similar warning labels on gun stores.
There is no gang member in Chicago that will worry about a warning label that says guns are dangerous. Neither will any abuser suddenly decide not to use a gun to harm a woman because of a warning. Anti-gunners just can’t seem to get their minds wrapped around the difference between people who kill and abuse in spite of the law, and ordinary folks who wish to defend themselves.