So Uncle sent me a sneak peek at this article yesterday, which prompted me to look up some Illinois gun laws, and let me tell you, I’m really glad I don’t live in Illinois.Â Â What appears to have happened is this guy had his FFL revoked, and decided to sell off his inventory in private sales, which is legal in Illinois, provided that you aren’t “in the business” of selling firearms.Â Illinois law does specifically mention liquidating a collection as not being “in the business”.Â But even so, operating as a dealer without a license is a misdemeanor under Illinois law for a first time offender.Â Â This article states that he is charged with a Class 1 Felony.
But what did this guy do?Â Well, he didn’t apply the waiting period required under IL law, which is three days for a pistol, and 24 hours for a long gun.Â Apparently you have to do this even in a private sale.Â Violation here is a Class 4 Felony in Illinois.Â Â But what got him the Class 1, the most heinous of felonies? Â Well, it turns out a recent law makes it a Class 1 Felony if you don’t ask to see the other fella’s FOID card before you sell him the gun.
Get that folks? Â If you do a private transfer in Illinois, and fail to ask to see the other person’s FOID card, it’s the same as if you pulled out the gun, and instead of handing it over to him, shot him dead.Â Illinois politicians apparently feel that selling a gun to your buddy or neighbor, and not asking to see the FOID, is an offense deserves to be up there with murder.
Remember that next time a gun control idiot tells you that most gun ownersÂ aren’t affected by gun control, and that all they want are reasonable laws.