You want to know what mass non-compliance with unconstitutional laws looks like? Look no further than the gun registration numbers the Illinois State Police have reported. With just three weeks left in the window to register, ISP still only got a 1264 additional individuals registering their self-defense firearms, ammunition and accessories. 99.75% the 2.4+ million FOID holders have elected not to register their naughty guns.
Now granted, not all of those registered gun owners in Illinois own America’s favorite rifle or hundreds of other makes and models of popular self-defense firearms. But it seems reasonable to infer that probably half of them own something that’s on the naughty list.
One other consideration: How many of those 6141 individuals who registered something actually registered something not on the banned list. (By the way, the ISP’s latest banned list can be found here… check out the handy flow charts in the back to save yourself some time.)
For instance, a LOT of people are under the faulty impression that guns like the Glock 17 that come standard with a 17-round magazine are banned and must be registered before January 1. Ditto for Sig P320 (17 rounds), the S&W M&P 9 (17 rounds) or some of the Canik line (18 rounds). You get the idea.
We’re written about reasons why you shouldn’t register. At this point though, this is a personal decision you have to weigh. Do you register and risk confiscation next year, or tax audits, or future registration fees or mandated insurance? Or do you just bury your stuff or take it out of state or have a boating accident? Or just do nothing and keep them safe and secure in your safe. You have to weigh the pros and cons of each direction and pick which one works best for you.
Rest assured, if you choose not to register, you won’t be alone. ‘Cause right now, 99.75% of our gun owners are with you.
Regardless, you should tell anyone and everyone loudly that you’re getting your naughty guns out of Illinois. Greatly reduce the chances that someone snitches on you.
What am I doing? Originally I had planned to register a couple of specimens, but I’m reconsidering that. I’ll share where I’m landing as I make a final decision.