The Illinois State Police have announced that they will leave the gun registration portal open after the end of this year. How nice of them, right?
They’re doing so primarily for folks who move into the state to register their self-defense firearms. They also hinted that they will continue to take gun registration affidavits after the first of the year for those who decide registration is the better part of valor.
Does anyone out there think the Illinois State Police under Gov. JB Pritzker does anything out of benevolence towards gun owners? Like looking the other way on felony violations of Land of Lincoln gun control schemes by otherwise law-abiding residents?
Sure, they did some things under the Governor’s dubious “Emergency Rules” during COVID, but make no mistake, those changes easing up renewal processes for FOID and carry licenses were done primarily for their benefit, not that of individual gun owners.
Back to FOID holders registering their now-banned self-defense tools… Any idiot who is stupid enough to register their banned guns after the first of the year truly deserves the pain Pritzker’s State Police inflicts upon them.
Rest assured, there will be oath-breaking ISP troopers who will arrest John or Jane Q. Idiot for registering his or her banned guns after the January 1 deadline. That registration affidavit completed after 12:01a.m. on January 1 will provide everything law enforcement needs to get a warrant from a judge to seize those banned guns. Police may or may not arrest the gun owner on the spot. My Magic 8 Ball says that an arrest is “damn likely” if it’s a gun owner with multiple banned guns.
Even better for Pritkzer’s social media mouthpieces, an arrest of a gun owner with an “arsenal” of four or eight guns will make for some nice media-friendly photos. Imagine a few guns including some scary looking ones on a table for public relations purposes. Add in some photos of a dozen or more ammunition magazines, ammo cans and boxes of ammo will make it all the better. And just for good measure, someone from the Governor’s office might toss in a spare copy of books like The Turner Diaries or The Bell Curve. Or some Trump memorabilia might find its way onto the table to help with more leftist narratives. After all, whoever sets up the display table for the media never testified that everything on the table was found at the offending gun owner’s home.
Photos of a perp-walked FOID holder would probably be good enough for a new PR announcement from the AG’s office as well – along with recycled evidence table photos of guns and racist memorabilia.
Kwame Raoul and JB Pritzker need some public examples of arrests to scare others into compliance of one form or another. A dedicated rule-following law-abiding resident who relents and registers his or her stuff late might just make themselves one of the examples to be fed into the meatgrinder.
And frankly anyone that stupid deserves what they get… ‘gooder and harder’.