Technically it was all of Illinois, but we know where the idea originates and who it is for.
Universal Background Checks occupy that same utopian magic panacea dream of most gun controllers, where if you give people just one more law to ignore if they are already inclined to do so you will solve gun violence. Or, at the least, help solve it. That seems to be the cop out of choice for when such measures inevitably fail to produce a meaningful result on curbing violence. That and blaming the surrounding states, who usually have lower murder rates.
“In an America, where gun violence has become a scourge to so many neighborhoods, Illinois is taking a commonsense approach to reform and we’re doing so with votes from both sides of the aisle,” Pritzker said. “I pray, and I really do pray, that not a day too soon the nation will follow Illinois’ lead.”
Of implementing ‘solutions’ that only inconvenience those who obey laws, certainly. I’m certain the nation is eager to get right on another window dressed safety measure. They tried to placate gun owners by assuring them that in this process, all the arduous bureaucratic processes would become faster if they file fingerprints for their FOID. That ‘concession’ is supposed to be the common sense compromise. A function of government that should be mandatorily both timely and efficient if it is required is instead offered as an incentive for compliance.
My surprised face will be really really surprised, I’m talking full blown shocked, when this does little to improve Chicago violent crime stats.
By the way, Illinois residents were already required to verify a buyer had a valid FOID card. In theory, this should mean they are fine to purchase any firearm they wish. That was already a form of Universal Background Check, but apparently it wasn’t universal enough. We must make it more universal to miss all the universal the FOID didn’t cover, even though it is supposed to.