(Guns Save Life) – Months ago, nobody could have predicted that Illinois gun owners would lead the nation in refusing to comply with a gun registration scheme. With less than two weeks left for gun owners to register banned self-defense firearms, only 8143 FOID holders of over 2.4 million have complied – or about a 99.7% non-compliance rate.
Yes, while Governor Pritzker can legitimately tout that “thousands” of gun owners have complied, we can also say that millions have not.
The latest spin from Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s team during a recent federal court hearing is that “maybe there aren’t as many owners of these guns as we thought.”
The judge chuckled and said, “maybe people just aren’t registering them.”
With less than two weeks left, existing owners have a decision to make. Do they register their “naughty guns” and risk possible confiscation, future insurance requirements, fees or finding one’s self subjected to a “completely random” tax audit from the Illinois Department of Revenue? Or do gun owners have a tragic boating accident, bury them or temporarily re-home them out of state? Probably the most commonly chosen option for most is “do nothing and don’t worry about it.”
The Illinois State Police, already short-handed, don’t have the manpower to start auditing gun owners for compliance checks. That’s not to say they won’t investigate snitch line tips.
Inside this issue, we share strategies for greatly reducing the likelihood that someone reports you as a non-compliant gun owner. We offer recommendations to not answer police questions or consent to any searches at home. We also encourage folks to make sure other members of their household are also on the same page.
On top of all of that, we invite you to join us at one of our regional grassroots meetings next year. They’re free and open to everyone. You’ll meet some outstanding people, keep yourself up to date on what’s going on in Illinois and beyond. Plus you’ll have a good time. Food, firearms and fellowship can always be found at GSL events! You might even win a gun!
Lastly, keep the faith. Obviously these are trying times for the gun owners in our state. At the same time, we fight hard in court to get Pritzker’s gun ban struck down. We will win, but it’s going to take a while. In the meantime, come out and join us at a meeting or three!