I heard that the bill was presented to him as a piece of do little, feel good, look tough on crime legislation. Few people looked at the possible ramifications as to how the bill could be enforced if passed into law.
There was a disclaimer in the bill - something to the effect of being someplace you are not supposed to be with a gun and no FOID. Which could be interpretted many ways.
I don't know that the law has been abused yet but it is bound to be abused as it is. I heard one story about a guy in Kankakee that had a ggun he inherited from his father that got arrested but no verification or details.
I will check and see if I can find more details.
They always talk about intent of the law. Intent means nothing in how a law will be enforced. Wording is everything.
Evidenced by how a few years ago they were confiscating vehicles when hunters leaned their guns on them.
If my computer wasn't messed up I had more info that I would have copied and pasted. Does anybody have a usable desktop to sell cheap? If so feel free to email/contact me.
There is also the FOID law they passed last year that makes it easy to get a mandatory year in jail for being in the wrong place in posession of a gun with an expired FOID.
I share your frustration with all the new, inane laws that our dear legislators come up with. But, having watched the legislature pretty closely last spring, I must have missed one. Can you tell me the bill number on this "law" that was passed, or give us a little more detail?
Edited by jrsavoie, 22 January 2012 - 08:56 AM.