The recent executive orders issued by the current administration have the gun community just slightly on edge. For good reason, supporters of private firearm ownership tend to be extremely vigilant in opposition to new gun control measures. While many of us are not old enough to remember the “Assault Weapons Ban” of the 90’s, the Clinton ban is still fresh in the minds of many in the firearms community.
Before we merely had to contend with the banishment of certain features, now statements made by the anti-gun crowd are suggesting that new features be imposed on firearms! While the calls for fingerprint accessible firearms and government regulations on ammunition have a palpably dystopian ring to them, we should take a step back and review.
Over the past decade or so, more and more states have jumped on board with concealed carry permits. The past eight years or so we have seen record numbers of gun sales, and the near mainstreaming of positive gun culture.
Keep in mind that when the current administration took power, we had expected much worse than a few toothless executive orders. Congress is still largely pro-gun and it does not appear that any passable anti-self-defense legislation is on the table (note: I said passable). The overall landscape is still fairly positive for gun owners.
As proponents of civilian firearm ownership we find ourselves on the defensive – arguably far too much. Rather than stand around waiting for an assault on our 2nd Amendment rights, we need to become pro-active in defense of our rights. Here at End The Foid we aim to do just that. In Illinois, we are currently working on a project to abolish the Firearm Ownership Identification Card.
A quick Google search of firearm ID card systems will bring up Illinois, New Jersey, and Massachusetts (we’re in good company). Most states (roughly 46 or so) require only a driver’s license and, of course, adherence to Federal age restrictions. Many of the people who move here from out of state are surprised to learn that the state of Illinois doubles down on licensing requirements. This places another layer of red tape between the individual and their right to self-defense. On top of that, it doesn’t appear that the state-licensing requirement does anything to curb actual gun violence. It does, however, make it extremely difficult to bring new shooters and owners into the fold.
Technically a FOID card is required just to hold a firearm at a gun show or gun store. Further, the ambiguous nature of the rules mean that otherwise harmless people can run into issues by inheriting firearms or even stumbling across ammunition without realizing the restrictions.
Rolling back FOID card restrictions will make it easier to bring new firearms owners and potential supporters of the 2nd Amendment into the fold. This will help us to grow the community as a whole, and help keep new potential shooters and collectors from being discouraged. This will serve to maintain overall support for firearms rights, and resistance to gun control at the State and Federal levels of government.
Here at End The FOID, we believe the words “…shall not be infringed.” Should be taken seriously. This is why we are taking pro-active steps in the fight against unnecessary firearm restrictions. It’s time we stop being on the defensive as a community and go out to retrieve our Constitutionally guaranteed rights.
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