Illinois Moves to Confiscate Firearms
Cook County follows in California’s footsteps
July 30, 2013
Police in Cook County, Illinois are demonstrating that, contrary to gun control proponents’ reassurances, a gun registry does eventually and inevitably lead to confiscation.
Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Cook County Sheriff’s office has formed a special task force assigned to seeking out Cook County suburb residents whose Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards have expired.
“The Chicago Police Department conducts regular missions to recover revoked FOID cards and seize guns from the holders, but there wasn’t a concerted effort to do that in Cook County’s suburbs,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told the Sun-Times.
In February, the team confiscated 160 FOID cards and more than a 160 guns from citizens whose cards had been revoked due to any number of circumstances, including newly discovered “mental illnesses,” felonies and protection orders, which morphs their non-violent firearm ownership into an unlawful activity.
According to the Sun-Times, Sheriff Dart has influenced the Illinois General Assembly to include language in a new FOID law that gives sheriffs and local police the power to obtain warrants and invade the homes of expired permit holders in order to seek out their firearms.
Dart called the provision a “hammer” which gives police the power to conduct home searches, especially when gun owners insist they aren’t in possession of any firearms.