Otis McDonald Applies for A Handgun License

That’s Otis McDonald of the italicized McDonald decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The five to four ruling struck down Chicago’s 28-year-old handgun ban, incorporated the Second Amendment (made it trump state law) and opened the door to an extended magazine of lawsuits, thanks to its green light for “reasonable” gun control regulations. As we continue to follow the arc of that story, let’s pause for a moment as an African American who secured the right to bear arms in the highest court in the United States applies for a handgun license at a Chicago police station . . .

The process took only 20 minutes, but McDonald said some of the requirements to obtain the permit seemed excessive. And though a gun permit was worth any price for him, he said he is concerned that the $100 fee could deter some law-abiding citizens from buying a handgun.

Remember: McDonald already has the required Illinois’ firearm owner’s identification card (FOID). He’s completed four hours of classroom training and an hour’s range time—outside the city of Chicago (’cause they’re illegal there). Factor in the time and money needed to jump through that hoop and the hundred bucks easily quadruples.

As the Divine Mr. M asserts, that’s a lot of money for some people. But I suppose that’s a bit difficult to understand for a Mayor who draws down $175,240 a year, plus full health care, pension and the 24-hour protection of two to five fully armed personal bodyguards.

chicagotribune.com reports that McDonald sees the fee and other bureaucratic hurdles as an infringement on his—and his fellow citizens’—right to bear arms.

“I can’t see to save my life why our government would infringe this on law-abiding taxpaying citizens,” he said. “This is an inherent right. It was not given based on how much money we’ve got or what we can afford financially.”