If you think that the Brady Campaign is going to give up as soon as RTC is established in Illinois, you might want to rethink that position. First and foremost, is the money that Brady Campaign makes off of opposing the 2nd Amendment. This is a career for people and they are paid relatively well at the upper levels of the oganization. Secondly, as soon as some thing happens, they will redouble their efforts (look at AZ and Congresswoman Gifford). Imagine what the Brady Campaign would have pushed for if the NIU shooting had occurred right after RTC passed in Illinois.
The way we got ourselves into the mess we are currently in was by thinking that everything was fine and since we had Rights they could not be taken away through Legislation. Are we nearing the end of the main fight, Yes (optomistically) we are. Are we close to being done with this, absolutely not.
Theres still alot to be done (not a complete list);
-Abolish the FOID card (or at least make a CC Permit equal to a FOID)
-If you cannot get rid of FOID, at least make a change in the Legislation so you don't have to send in a photo w/ the application that simply gets thrown away
-Legalize Class III, SBR, SBS, Suppressors, AOW, DD for civilian ownership with "Shall Sign"
You make good points about needing legislation on the books but I will disagree with you a bit about HB148.
That bill was a very logical compromise written in a post-McDonald, but pre-Ezell, world. It's logic is based upon the thought that law abiding citizens must demonstrate that they are qualified to excersiize a fundamental right and lays out a method by which that might occur.
With Ezell behind us (and yes, I understand the City has not responded yet), we must change our thinking to reflect the spirit of Ezell - that the rights of law abing citizens may not be infringed except when the state can factually demonstrate an overwhelming need to limit the right and, even then, only in the least restrictive way possible. Thus, we should now be insisting that we look only to disqualify individuals based upon specific unacceptable behaviors or attributes (such as mental illness).
Making the FOID the "Carry Card" ( I don't like to think in terms of a permit or license) by statute rather than by default makes a lot of sense to me at this moment in time. It accomplishes our goals including protecting the right in the future. And, I think
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