Senator Harmon seemed to get his panties in a knot over the notion that FOID card holders undergo 360 background checks a year. So let us explain the concept. . .
Almost every night, the FOID list is bounced off of the criminal record index for new arrests and convictions. It is also bounced off of the mental health admissions at Human Services. So your "background" as a FOID card holder is checked by the State Police 360 times a year against state databases.
The difference between that and an FTIP check, is that the FTIP also bounces against the NICS system for the feds.
Now, if running your name through a series of state databases to ensure you are not a prohibited person, is NOT a background check, then what is?
This "statistic" our side is using is really getting under the skin of the anti-gun people and Senator Harmon in particular because it undercuts their argument for adding more restrictions to what we can own. Because the narrative goes like this;
We have to wait 30 days to get a FOID card. We are then checked against the criminal record index and mental health admissions 360 times a year, essentially 360 background checks before we even buy a gun. We then have to wait 24 to 72 hours to pick up our firearms.
If having that FOID, and 360 background checks and waiting periods are not enough, then what is?
We keep hearing that you don't want to take our guns away, but after 360 background checks a year, you still want to have 18, 19 & 20 year olds forfeit their rifles and shotguns. You want to confiscate magazines over 10 rounds from the rest of us, that's right not just guns, but pieces of plastic and sheet metal with springs that you feel we are not fit to own even after 360 background checks a year.
So again, we ask, when is enough enough? When are we good enough, have proved ourselves worthy enough to exercise & enjoy our rights?
We use the number of 360, making the assumption that on News Years, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Christmas they don't do it.