More nuttiness from the Land of Lincoln:
A law that goes into effect Wednesday will require individual Illinois gun owners to check their buyer’s credentials with state police before transferring ownership of their weapons, but key details of the new process still haven’t been announced.
Beginning next week, Bond said gun owners will be able to call a phone number (which she said wouldn’t be made public until Monday) or use the state police website to check the buyer’s credentials and obtain an “approval number” that would be valid for a month. Then, after a waiting period of 24 or 72 hours, depending on what type of weapon was being sold, the transfer of ownership could proceed.
Gun owners have long had to keep records of their private sales and check that their buyers have FOID cards, steps that don’t change under the new law. But if a buyer’s FOID card appeared valid but had been revoked, the seller would previously have had no way of knowing. Requiring the check with state law enforcement, supporters say, will provide a current record of whether the buyer has permission to own a firearm.
Pearson said he was dubious of the new law’s potential impact, but that he’d relay information on how to comply to his membership once he hears.
“I think it’s probably unnecessary,” Pearson said. “It’s, of course, aimed at people who transfer guns illegally. But people who transfer guns illegally are still going to transfer guns illegally. I can’t imagine too many gang members have FOID cards.”
Do I need to state the obvious? Pearson just did it for me.