Cook County, Illinois Confiscating Guns

| by Michael Allen
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Pro-gun advocates have long-warned that gun registration would lead to gun confiscation, which appears to be happening in Cook County, Illinois, which is mainly Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

The Cook County Sheriff's Department is seizing guns from thousands of people whose Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards (FOID) have been revoked.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, more than 3,000 people have not surrendered their revoked FOID cards to the state, so authorities are coming into their homes and taking their guns.

The Chicago Police Department also revokes FOID cards and seizes guns, but this is a first for the suburbs.

“The system is broken,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. “The system revokes cards, but the guns are of no consequence. . . . Our strong hope is that we will eliminate tragedies.”

The FOID cards can be revoked for mental illness, felonies and protection orders. It’s illegal to buy guns or ammunition without a FOID card in Cook County.

Since February, a sergeant and four investigators has recovered about 160 FOID cards and confiscated more than 160 guns.

At one home, authorities seized more than 35 firearms, including four AR-15 assault rifles, from a suicidal man.

Those with revoked FOID cards can’t buy guns from licensed firearms dealers. For any gun sale in Cook County, a gun store must do a background check for a possible FOID revocation.

Because most revoked FOID card holders continue to possess guns, Sheriff Dart said he  persuaded the Illinois General Assembly to include new language in the FOID law that would allow sheriffs and municipal police to obtain search warrants to look for guns in the homes of people with revoked FOID cards.

While the local media seems to be a strong supporter of the program, there are still many civil rights questions that remain.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times