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Arm: IL Dems want to confiscate FOID cards, guns if owners appear on terrorist watch


By Ulysses Arn –  

Continuing the Democrat Party's national push to take away the Second Amendment rights of Americans, 15 Dems in the Illinois House of Representatives filed a bill Friday that would allow the Illinois State Police to revoke and/or deny anyone a Firearms Owner Identification Card and to seize their weapons should that person be placed on terrorist watch lists.

The problem is federal terrorist watch lists are rife with errors, and includes thousands of people that have absolutely zero connections to terrorism.

If the gun-grabbing Democrats had their way, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, if he were an Illinois resident, would lose his ability to own and touch a firearm because Kennedy was mistakenly put on a terrorist watch list.

The Democrats, from President Obama on down, are going after people's Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, following the San Bernardino terrorist attack.  The problem is neither Syed Farook nor his jihadi bride Tashfeen Malik were on any terrorist watch list, and worse yet, both got their weapons from a friend/neighbor.

The synopsis of the newly-proposed state bill, HB 4359, reads in part:

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that the Department of State Police has authority to deny an application for or to revoke and seize a Firearm Owner's Identification Card (FOID card) previously issued under the Act if the Department finds that the applicant or the person to whom the card was issued is or was at the time of issuance a person named on the consolidated Terrorist Watchlist maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Provides that if the Department of State Police has not received the Firearm Disposition Record within 5 business days after sending notice of revocation and seizure of an FOID card, the Department must send a second notice to the sheriff and law enforcement agency where the person resides. The second notice shall include the compliance requirements under the Act. Upon receiving the second notice, the sheriff or law enforcement agency shall report to the Department the status and efforts pursued regarding compliance under the Act. If the person whose FOID card has been revoked fails to comply with the requirements of the Act, the sheriff or law enforcement agency where the person resides shall (rather than may) petition the court for a warrant to search for and seize the person's FOID card and firearms.

Late Friday night the Illinois State Rifle Association said in an email:

Earlier today, hardcore antigun extremists in the Illinois House introduced HB4359 which would require you to surrender your FOID card and firearms if your name ever appears on the government's "NO FLY LIST."  Obama and the gun grabbers would like you to believe that people on this list are too dangerous to own guns.  If one accepts that simplistic view, then HB4359 might make sense to them.  However, the thinking person will have a lot of serious questions about the no-fly list.

The Democrats co-sponsoring this affront to the Second Amendment rights of Illinois citizens are:
Rep. Greg Harris, Rep. Lou Lang, Rep. Deborah Conroy, Rep. Litesa Wallace, Rep. Emanuel Welch, Rep. Christian Mitchell, Rep. Jaime Andrade, Jr., Rep. Martin Moylan, Rep. Cynthia Soto, Rep. Mary Flowers, Rep. Anna Moeller, Rep. Kathleen Willis, Rep. John D'Amico, Rep. Sonya Harper, and Rep. Camille Lilly.


  1. Teddy Kennedy was mistakenly put on the terrorist watch list?
    I don’t think that was a mistake. Teddy Kennedy was our biggest domestic terrorist, who should have been serving time for the death of his girl friend, Mary Jo Koepeckne amongst other terrorist legislation that he initiated to undermine our country. There was no mistake, this was the one person they got right on the terrorist watch list.

  2. The No Fly List was found to be marginally constitutional because air travel is not a right, and travelers have other means at their disposal. Gun ownership is constitutional, and affirmed by the Supreme Court in Heller and McDonald (among others). Nonetheless, using this list and others to screen gun owners is a Democratic mantra, led by the Cheerleader-in-Chief, Obama.
    If this were to become law, what is to prevent the bureaucrats from scanning the White Pages into the list.

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