It may very well be just a matter of time before the FOID card, in it's present form at least, becomes a thing of the past.
Now that the HELLER case has been decided, that affirms that ALL Americans have an INDIVIDUAL right to "KEEP AND BEAR ARMS", I don't see how government on ANY level can charge a fee or tax on an individual in order for them to exercise a Constitutional freedom.
Imagine the uproar that would occur if Illinois started to charge a tax that one had to pay before they could VOTE, or even register to vote, like the old "poll tax" of the Jim Crow south.
What is really troubling to me about the Illinois FOID card tax, is that the fee is an arbitrary number, that can be raised or lowered by whomever is in power, and they can set that dollar amount at a rate that would discourage many from having a FOID card. When our current Governor Blagojevich was a state senator, he wanted to RAISE the FOID card fee by 10,000 PERCENT (!!!!), from $5.00/5 years, to $500.00/5 years.
If they can do that, then why not 100,000 percent?
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