Representative Kenneth Dunkin of Illinois has sponsored a bill that attempts to outlaw all personal firearm ownership and even allows for the seizure of all guns that are already owned.
Take a look at the bill synopsis from the Illinois General Assembly:
Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that any person who owns a firearm in this State shall maintain a policy of liability insurance in the amount of at least $1,000,000 specifically covering any damages resulting from negligent or willful acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person.
This is horrendous. Such an insurance policy would be prohibitively expensive and would be totally out of reach by poor families that live in neighborhoods that usually need some type of firearm for protection.
Provides that a person shall be deemed the owner of a firearm after the firearm is lost or stolen until such loss or theft is reported to the police department or sheriff of the jurisdiction in which the owner resides.
So what happens when someone breaks into your house, steals a gun, pops off the lock and then kills someone before you return home? What happens if a home invasion is successful and they tie you up and steal your guns and then kill your neighbors?
The first scenario has a simple answer: you are going to jail and also be sued in civil court for a lot more than $1,000,000.00!
Stay tuned for the answer to the second scenario and a description of how the government can seize all your firearms through sensible gun laws and not technically break the Second Amendment as defined by the Heller Decision!
You remember that Representative Kenneth Dunkin of Illinois has sponsored a bill that attempts to outlaw all personal firearm ownership and even allows for the seizure of all guns that are already owned. I posed a couple of scenarios. The second one was: What happens if a home invasion is successful and they tie you up and steal your guns and then kill your neighbors?
This second scenario should not have happened as the gun should have been loaded and within reach of your hand. But, for sake of argument, let’s say you followed all the state laws that require the gun(s) be locked separately from the ammunition and be unloaded.
By the time you retrieve the gun and are unlocking the ammunition, the criminals have broken in and have subdued you. They tie you up after getting you to open the gun safe and the ammunition safe. After stealing your guns and loading them, they also get your money and go next door.
Your neighbor, being smart, starts shooting after the perps break in. Unfortunately for your neighbor, your gun collection was impressive and he gets killed through superior firepower.
You will now be charged with your neighbor’s death and the “innocent until proven guilty” thugs that were killed in the process of a crime you are now responsible for. A whole lot of jail time and a lot of civil lawsuits.
Provides that the Department of State Police shall revoke and seize a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card previously issued under this Act if the Department finds that the person to whom such card was issued possesses or acquires a firearm and does not submit evidence to the Department of State Police that he or she has been issued in his or her name a liability insurance policy in the amount of at least $1,000,000 specifically covering any damages resulting from negligent or willful acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person.
In short, this mandates that your Firearm Owner’s Identification Card be revoked. What it does not say is that it is now illegal for you to own any firearm without this card. OOPS!!! You will now have your firearms confiscated.
Mission accomplished by the anti-gun advocates and not a shot was fired, except maybe by the person resisting the seizure of his/her firearms.
Note: origionally published as a two part series in the Liberal Fair.