Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Illinois Considering Issuing Surgeon General-Like Warnings On Guns

 Tom Knighton

When the government started requiring cigarette manufacturers to put warning labels on their products, it did so after a mountain of evidence showed that smoking was bad for you. I’m not talking about correlations or studies with questionable methodologies, but research that really showed that smoking was a damn good way to kill yourself in the long term.
For anti-gunners, waiting for “proof” that guns are just as bad–proof that will never materialize because you can’t prove a falsehood–is unnecessary before issuing warnings, at least in Illinois.
Democratic Representative Kathleen Willis introduced House Amendment 1 to House Bill 96, which would place a health warning for prospective gun owners.
According to the NRA-ILA, this amendment “would criminalize private transfers, require local law enforcement to obtain warrants to seize firearms from holders of revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards (FOID), and make the process to apply for a FOID card more expensive and cumbersome by requiring applications be made in person with Illinois State Police (ISP).”
Now, there are new reports about how this bill will make FOID applicants receive a Surgeon General-style warning about the potential dangers that come with firearms ownership.
The warning specifically says:
Warning: The presence of a firearm in the home has been associated with an increased risk of death to self and others, including increased risk of suicide, death during domestic violence incidents, and unintentional deaths to children and others.

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