Curtis J. Tarver II, is an Illinois state representative. His accomplishments include voting to make it tougher to get a Firearm Owner Identification Card, letting his FOID expire, and then getting arrested for failing to surrender his revoked CCL permit.
Tarver was busted in a routine traffic stop Thursday night on Chicago’s south side. One of his headlights was out. When asked by the officer if he had any weapons, he turned over his concealed handgun and his CCL.
A CCL which he’d been notified had been revoked, due to his lapsed FOID. A CCL he been ordered to surrender to the State Police, but hadn’t.
Tarver says the entire kerfuffle was due to a silly clerical error.
From the Chicago Tribune . . .
In his statement, Tarver said he renewed his concealed carry license this summer and when his Firearms Owner Identification card later expired Tarver said he renewed it too. Under Illinois law, a person must have a valid FOID card to have a concealed carry license.
Tarver claims that when he received notification of the revocation, he immediately renewed his FOID (something that’s going to be a lot tougher under the SB1966, a bill he voted for). He says that the revocation of the CCL was merely a “clerical error.”
Not so. He renewed his CCL in August. Then he let his FOID lapse causing the CCL to be revoked. And only then did he renew the FOID.
He apparently neglected to do anything about the revoked CCL. He didn’t appeal the CCL revocation by filing a Request for Administrative Review. So yes, he was carrying a concealed weapon without a license. His thinking seems to be that renewing the FOID card automatically reinstated the CCL.
Like so many politicians, this guy is working on gun control laws that even he doesn’t understand. Or obey.
I wonder if he ever carried that firearm in his own office: