He shoulda known the law. I agree its a stupid law that this state has, and yes a national bill on the matter is needed for situations just like this. However that's not the issue here. Ignorance of the law is no defense. Its not like he was in Kansas, he was in the heart of the liberal darkness. And he grew up here. He should have known better. No sympathy at all. You better darn well bet your butt that I'm gonna know the carry laws of the state I'm traveling too before I go there. If I can be that thorough then anyone can.
This is an extremely myopic view. Illinois law is very vague, confusing, and somewhat contradictory. This person did not have any evil intent and yet he's facing felony charges. That is a gross injustice and should not be happening. Just because it's the law doesn't make it right. He wasn't doing anything that would even remotely be considered wrong in most of the country, nor in most of Illinois for that matter.
Being so unsympathetic is a disgrace for anyone who considers themselves to be a 2nd Amendment supporter.
Why should his plight matter to me so much ? Is this case gonna do anything for me as an IL resident ? Do I have to worry about Illinois FOID card regulations outside of IL ? Or the best question Do I even know anything about him as a person aside from the details of the case ? You must just have an easier sympathy trigger than mine.
There's a lot of laws both state and federal I don't agree with, that doesn't mean I don't suffer the consequences of my actions if I break those laws.
You need an FOID card to posses a gun in the state of IL. That's the law. He knew that law, he broke that law. That's the way the police interpreted that law.
Now he has to face the consequences of his actions and see if that interpretation of the law stands up. I fail to really see how this is some heartbreaking case that requires my sympathy.
I will give you this at least, he has my best wishes. Hope he gets off and changes the world for non IL residents who want to come to IL and carry a gun on them.
I'll tell you exactly why it matters:
because when you ignore the rights of others, and don't stand up for theirs because it doesn't affect you, the same can be done to you in reverse when you're in need of your rights being defended... Case in point:
Should gun owners outside of Illinois ignore our plight here, and continue to support RRA and Springfield?
Because that's what you're doing here in regards to the plight of a fellow gun owner, who by all accounts, didn't do anything wrong.
If you refuse to stand with him, why should anyone else stand with you?
Edited by Raw Power, 28 April 2017 - 10:18 AM.