This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 19, 2019:
How did Gary Martin get the gun he used to kill five people in Aurora, Illinois, last Friday afternoon? Illinois is known for its draconian gun-control laws, including requirements that no one is allowed to possess a firearm unless he or she first obtains a state-issued firearm owners’ identification (FOID) card.
That’s what Martin did in January 2014. He applied, but he lied. On the application a yes or no question was asked about any previous felony convictions. Martin answered “no.”
His FOID card was issued in March, and a few days later he used it to purchase a pistol. He took possession of it after the state-imposed five-day waiting period had ended.
Martin then applied for a concealed-carry permit. That slightly more rigorous background check revealed that he had spent more than two years in a Mississippi jail in 1995 after being convicted of aggravated assault on his ex-girlfriend.
In April, his CCW application was denied and his FOID was revoked. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman explained what happened next: “Once this felony conviction was discovered, the offender’s concealed-carry permit was rejected, and his FOID card was revoked by Illinois State Police.”
Per state policy, Martin was notified by mail that his FOID card had been revoked, stating that he had 48 hours to return it along with proof that he had disposed of the firearm he had purchased with it.
Martin ignored the letter.
Last Friday, following a series of disciplinary actions taken by the company where he had worked for 15 years, Martin was fired. Immediately,