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Illinois to require FOID Card to Possess a Taser or Stun Gun

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Jeff White, Jan 1, 2006.

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  1. Jeff White

    Jeff White Moderator Staff Member

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    I am confused. They amended the FOID card law to require one and a waiting period to buy a Taser or stun gun, yet in the criminal code, it's illegal to carry a taser or stun gun anywhere except on your own property.



    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/ne...CEF34B38DB32C296862570E800717EED?OpenDocument
    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilc...eqEnd=53000000&ActName=Criminal+Code+of+1961.
    So I guess you have to have a FOID card to keep a Taser in your home for defensive purposes and maybe open carry would be legal. I don't see how this law makes anyone safer. It's already illegal to carry a taser off your own property. Someone who may not want a firearm to keep in their home is now required to jump through the same hoops that a firearm owner would be.

    I see little tactical application for use of a taser by a private citizen anyway, but that's another subject for a different forum.

    Jeff
     
  2. jamz

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    IL seems to be following MA "logic". Too bad for them. :(

    -James
     
  3. TallPine

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    Um .... uh .... oh, never mind :uhoh:
     
  4. Jeff White

    Jeff White Moderator Staff Member

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    Blagojevich would know anything about what's lethal and what's not. He's a total antigun blissninny who many credit with coining the term pocket rocket when he was a US Congressman and pushing legislation to ban small automatics in 9mm and .45 after they became popular because of the now expired magazine capacity ban.

    Jeff
     
  5. Matthew748

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    I should write a letter to the governor of Illinois suggesting that the possession of a pair of wire strippers and an extension cord at the same time be subject to regulation by the state. He would probably offer me a cushy job on some advisory council.
     
  6. TallPine

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    Yeah, I know that ... but still I wonder if some lawyer wouldn't use that statement by the guv'nor as evidence in a wrongful death suit against some LE agency ...?

    Does he change feet everytime he opens his mouth? :D
     
  7. carebear

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    It only says "concealed" if I'm reading it right.

    Get one of them cool thigh rigs and Taser-pack away.

    (I'd use mine if I got in a fight over a parking space.) :evil:
     
  8. Don Gwinn

    Don Gwinn Moderator Emeritus

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    Sorry, you missed Section 10 of that same act:

    If open carry were legal in Illinois, I'd be doing it! Basically, this seems to mean that theoretically, if you're outside incorporated areas and towns, but NOT in your vehicle, then you can carry concealed. That doesn't leave much. . . .
     
  9. carebear

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    It wasn't in bold.

    What, am I supposed to read the parts that aren't in bold? :D

    Well, so much for that option.
     
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    Someone should muzzle him. Why are there always quotes from him supporting the wrong side of the issue?
     
  11. Jeff White

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    Matthew748 said;
    You don't understand how things work in Illinois. No one is appointed to cushy jobs on merit or even because they might share the same political agenda as the governor. If you want a job with the state of Illinois, you have to pay for it. Either a big political favor or plain old cash does the trick. The same thing applies if you want to do business with the state. Democrat, republican, it doesn't matter which party is in the governor's mansion. That's just the way things are done here. :mad:

    Jeff
     
  12. Matthew748

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    Actually, I was born and raised in Illinois. I still work in Illinois, file an Illinois non-resident tax return (IN and IL are non-reciprocal for tax purposes), and belong to the ISRA. I have also informally met with one of the ISRA directors on a few occasions. I have never met with Mr. Pearson though. I know that they walk a fine line, but his recent comments are a little over the top.

    Regardless, my comment was made in good humor. Kind of a “they are crazy, but if I can present myself as even crazier maybe they will place me among the higher ups of the asylum” kind of comment. It seems like every year the IL government classifies something new and unusual as an item that can be regulated under the Firearm Owner's Identification Act. Last year, or maybe it was the year before that, the powers that be decided that pellet guns and other air rifles require a FOID card and background check. This year it is tasers and stun guns.
     
  13. Blue Line

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    I can't figure that FOID card out issue out up there. If I come up to IL to shoot with my brothers in law or hunt and run down to buy some shells, I can't without a FOID card. I don't live in IL and so don't have one. How do out of staters hunt up there, bring thier own?

    Anyway my BiL's end up buying with thier FOID so seems like eyewash to me. Good luck with the taser but I haven't got by the ammo issue yet!
     
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    Jolts????? Is that a new unit in physics that I've somehow missed out on? Is it a cross between a joule and a volt? BTW, 50,000 *volts* at a miniscule amperage (I forget, I think it's something like 0.00075 amps) is what I remember from the Taser class. Not enough to do actual harm, but, man does it hurt.

    I guess the normal laws of physics don't apply in Illinois, just like the laws of common sense. :D

    (Of course, at 19 cycles per second, a 5 second "ride" on the Taser may *seem* like "50,000 jolts".) :evil:
     
  15. lee n. field

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    No, you just buy ammo. It's us opressed Illinois residents that need the FOID.:banghead: :banghead:
     
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    Yes, only us prison......errr, happy workers of the Democratic Republic of Blago are required to have FOID card to purchase guns/ammo.

    Yes, it's stupid.
     
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    No - Gander Mtn and some other gun store(near the Worm Ranch) in Peoria won't sell it to me unless I had a FOID card even when I show them my FL DL? The funny part is my BiL shows his FOID and then I pay - go figure. :uhoh:
     
  18. Jeff White

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    The gun stores are wrong. Here are the exemptions to the FOID law:
    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilc...tName=Firearm+Owners+Identification+Card+Act.
    The transfer of firearms and ammunition is covered in this section:

    Now it may be store policy not to sell to a non resident without a FOID, but state law specifically permits it.

    Jeff
     
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