A few years ago, I wandered into a gun shop, in search of the 12 gauge shotgun that I handled as a Navy Gunner's Mate 20 years earlier. Turns out, the shop had a few of them, and the owner took it out of the case to let me hold it.
"Just need to see your state of IL gun card," he told me.
"State of IL Gun Card. You don't have one?"
"No," I replied. "What the hell is that?"
"A permit to handle a gun. If you don't have one, I can't let you hold this."
Welcome to Gun Control in IL. Then how does THIS happen?: