"while the average citizen has no way to protect themselves from these cretins".<quoted text>Go to WGN news and see just how bad things are in Chicago. The guns are still in the hands of the thugs and criminals, while the average citizen has no way to protect themselves from these cretins. Factor in that a vast number of policemen there are about to retire, and it will take about ten months before there are more boots on the ground to serve and protect. The citizens are not being protected by taking their gun rights away, as long as criminals have ways to get theirs.
Is FAUX, Le Pissface, and Limbaughtomy as far as teabaggers go for their research?
In general, an individual who wants to purchase or possess a firearm in Illinois will need a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card. This gun license is administered by the state Firearms Services Bureau; you can get an application by visiting the Illinois State Police website.
During the FOID application process, the applicant's identification and background information are checked. Individuals with prohibiting factors such as prior felony convictions, certain misdemeanors, drug addictions, and those who have recently been patients in mental hospitals may not be eligible for a license.
If you are able to receive a FOID card, you should know that this is not a license to buy whatever firearm you want. Instead, there are several restrictions that limit what types of guns you can and cannot buy. For example, these types of weapons and ammunition are specifically banned:
Rifles with barrels of less than 16 inches
Shotguns with barrels of less than 18 inches
Any weapon made from a rifle or shotgun and as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches
Explosive or metal-piercing bullets
There is typically a 72-hour waiting period for delivery of a handgun. So you normally can't just show up and take a gun home immediately.
This application allows you to print the FOID application only. You must then manually complete the application, sign, attach a photo and submit the $10.00 processing fee and mail to the address above.
If you can't afford $10.00, you are probably going to use the weapon to obtain the $10.00, which would make you a crimminal.