Posted 17 November 2015 - 02:49 PM
Yep. Stores can decide (either on purpose or via ignorance) to only accept a FOID card as a matter of business practice. But from what I've seen both personally and here on the forum: Most stores are now "in the know" and will accept your CCW (as they legally can) for gun and/or ammo purchase.
It seems like that kind of business practice is a violation of your freedoms. The law allows a CCL to be used, so they should accept it. To have a CCL, you must have a valid FOID.
Imagine if a car dealer refused to sell to you because you had an out-of-state driver's license. It seems like a foolish business practice. Why take the risk of losing a sale to someone who is perfectly within their rights to buy?
I suppose they have the right to refuse a sale to anyone for any reason...or do they? A baker can't refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding. A Denny's can't refuse to serve blacks.
I would imagine it is mostly because of ignorance. Not everyone is as up-to-date on the laws as we are here. But of course it is silly for a store selling firearms to not know all the current firearm laws. The other reason could be one of business practice (e.g. if they didn't want to bother to train their employees to check for one of two IDs or if their "FOID Card" field on their computer systems couldn't handle the extra two digits in a CCW license number vs FOID). Both are foolish, but not exactly a big deal.
As for the other stuff: A business should
have the right to determine who they serve. The government pushing that baker out of business (instead of simply free market pushing them out of business) is a tragedy and a move toward more big brother government not allowing people to have their own opinions.
Edited by Xwing, 17 November 2015 - 02:50 PM.
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