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Illinois baby obtains gun permit


Bubba Ludwig may only be 10 months old, but he has already successfully obtained a gun licence in the

US state of Illinois.

Bubba's father, Howard Ludwig, applied on his behalf after his grandfather gave him a shotgun as an heirloom.

Mr Ludwig said he had not expected to succeed, but he filled in the online form, paid $5 and the licence was his.

US gun laws are regularly the subject of fierce debate, renewed recently after April's Virginia Tech killings.

Gunman Cho Seung-hui was able to exploit a loophole in Virginia state law and obtain weapons despite having a history of mental illness. The loophole was later closed.

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Technical problems

The licence includes a picture of a toothless Bubba and a squiggle that represents his best attempt at a signature.

It makes an adorable addition to his baby book -Howard Ludwig

In an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, Mr Ludwig, 30, said that he expected the application to be turned down.

Two rejections did in fact come, he said, but both related to technical problems - on one application he forgot to tick a box stating his son was a US citizen - rather than Bubba's youth.

His third attempt was rewarded with a state firearm owner's identification card (FOID), complete with details of Bubba's height, weight and date of birth.

'No age restrictions'

Illinois gun laws are said to be among the strictest in the US.

But Illinois State Police, who oversee the application process, said that they had followed the law in this case.

"Does a 10-month-old need a FOID card? No, but there are no restrictions under the act regarding age of applicants," the Associated Press news agency quoted Lt Scott Compton as saying.

Mr Ludwig said Bubba's gun would likely remain at his grandfather's house until he was 14.

"I'm not about to approve any unsupervised hunting or trap shooting for Bubba," he wrote in the Chicago daily.

"Still, I'm glad he was able to get his FOID card. It makes an adorable addition to his baby book."

So I guess this means that Gov. Hot Rod will also let your child carry an AK 47 now?? This only proves 2 things. One that the system has never worked in Illinois and 2 it took a bunch on non-firearm carrying types to find it. WHAT A JOKE !

The FOID card is so successful now isn't it? I mean if 10 month old can get an firearms ID card then why can they do something useful and drop a certain person court case!

This thought does not represent the founder of this website. However it does respresent my thoughts!

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 @ 12:18:03 CDT by ShaunKranish
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by thebaron on Thursday, May 17, 2007 @ 23:58:59 CDT
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Gentlemen, this is an intriguing but dangerous story. I agree that the idea of issuing an infant a FOID is amusing and cute. It does illustrate the limited effectiveness of the FOID. However, we need to be careful about reveling in the weakness of the law as it also gives ammunition to the other side who would seek to further restrict gun ownership. The FOID law should be abolished but since that is not on the near horizon let’s settle for a law that will allow a child regardless of age get a FOID under the supervision of their parent. That’s right the infant could not get a FOID without a parent’s supervision. So it’s really not that big a deal unless you want to use it to restrict gun rights further.

by NWOhioGunRIGHTS on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 @ 10:50:48 CDT

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You know what is funny about this story....This has gone as far as being shown on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. This only shows me the weakness in the Illinois system

by Saturdaynightspecial on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 @ 17:52:33 CDT
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My 13 year old has a FOID. I got it so I can leave him home alone and he can not be charged with any weapon possession crime - there are guns in my home - I don't take them with me. Same for if I leave him in the car alone and my guns are in there.

Gun bashers are liars.

by XDFlash on Monday, October 05, 2009 @ 05:20:26 CDT

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If all of the questions can be answered lawfully and truthfully, and the state does not have an age requirement then what is the problem?
The card only allows the person to own a gun.
Does not mean this person can purchase a gun, because there are age restrictions on that.
I would like to see the photo on the FOID card though. Should look rather cute...

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