$ We need to take those dangerous guns off the street. I mean those dangerous people. $
Let me give you another real instance.
Someone is arrested and accused of murder for shooting someone, then is told based on the facts, all they have is excessive use of force and convict him. He takes the attorneys word for it, since he is not one, and serves his time. This was about 19 years ago. He applied for his FOID three years ago and was denied.
Now for the facts:
The person that served the time and now has a conviction, was actually the one being robbed.
He took the gun from the robber and shot the robber.
- He testified that he shot only once.
- The coroners report showed he shot twice.
- The Judge and attorneys deemed that his own testimony of saying he shot once, showed that he knew shooting more than once was not necessary.
- They dropped the murder charge and charge him with excessive force.
- He served his time and now has this charge haunt him.
About 3 years ago, he applies for his FOID again, to be told no.
Last year he gets pulled into a building at gun point, beaten until he gives up his keys and tells them where his car is parked. He was also beaten again until he gave up his pin number and Debit card. Mind you, he would have gave them all up with no problem, but while being beaten at gun point, he could not remember where he parked or what his pin was, because all he could think of was not seeing his daughters grow up.
Any firearms instructor, as well as anyone that reads or listens to the news, knows that his arrest should have never happened. Just listen to any firearms expert witness and they will tell you, even law enforcement forgets how many shots were fired under the moment of stress. If the threat is still a threat, your survival instincts kick in and you do what you have to do, even it it's instinctively shooting more than once.
He weighed only 115 lbs and was 5 feet tall.
The robber was over 6 feet tall and weighed over 200 lbs.
All the ISP knows is that this person shot someone and was convicted of excessive force. This is BS.
I know he is not the only one and many more victims are out there. Not only because this is IL, but because that was the Chicago way. Convict anyone that cannot afford a proper defense.
I advised him to expunge his records 3 weeks ago and reach out to me if he needed help. No I don't know the system, no I am not a lawyer, but for the mere fact that he is a friend that was wronged, I am getting involved. I will follow up with him in a week or so and if the has received a copy of his records. If not, I will help him, even though he has not asked me too.
You tell me he does not deserve the right to have a gun in his home, for defending himself years ago and not having a proper defense.
If you do not know all the facts, please don't hate. Some need help and just won't ask, but will read a topic like this and may try to help themselves.
I better stop blabbing, since now I am letting my feelings drive this.
(Corrected some possibly misleading info.)
Edited by AJR, 11 April 2014 - 11:06 AM.
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