Good post James1160,
Your message could serve as a “heads up”, to many of us to try to prepare or help advocate for improvements.
Administrators such as those at state levels might not realize the problems this causes to citizens, not to mention businesses lose some of our business as customers when we experience such barriers.
If more decision makers were firearm owners, they might help make the system more smooth.
Initially, I had regrets that I stocked up, now I’ve no regrets based on what I’m hearing.
What can we do?:
Print out your state FOID website statements where it identifies you, but blocks you. Save it electronically, onto your phone. Bring the printout with you to the shops.
Obtain the full name of the representative you spoke with at the state level, and save their phone number, obtain their office email address.
Write the state and number your questions out, such as 1, 2, 3 etc. I find responses to all or most of my questions when I number them, so as not to fall through the cracks.
IL Police email:
Write your “state” representative, and your “state” senator. Then call them. Not sure the federal level would be of any help.
Tone: Remember, they can respond in any way they want, so try to make any letter a joy to read, be relaxed, pleasant and grateful. I had emailed the state; It took quite a while but they called me back; One of those calls I never let go to voice mail, but pick up.
Be the honey, not the vinegar.
Call as many firearm shops as you can. Join one or more as a member, in doing so, they might be more helpful to you than compared to the average person.
When you go to a firearm shop or range, go with someone (friend/family) who has a current FOID, especially when you meet the store worker. And have a meal with your friend/family, on your tab.
Consider researching firearm shops who are out of state, some shops from friendlier states may be more easier to buy from, thus more respectful, especially given the Covid Pandemic.
All the fun you can have on some road trips.
If private sales are still legal in Illinois, try that route.
If it’s okay for a family or friend whose FOID has not yet expired, would they be willing to purchase for you? If needed, might they want to speak on the phone with the state police in case he/she has any questions?
You might find you have to pay higher prices than usual local stores, but otherwise you might be without?
I’m doubtful the USCCA can help, as their strength is legal defense if one is prosecuted or sued for using self-defense. Although, they might have some suggestions.
It’s not right or fair. Unfortunately, even non firearm related products and services are still adversely affected by the Pandemic. I too caught the bug and it costed me dearly, but I survived.
There seems to be hope in that these particular barriers may only be temporary.
One day, I myself may move to a friendlier state, on my “Bucket/Honey Do List”.
Good luck friend.