“CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — “Bubba” Ludwig can’t walk, talk or open the refrigerator door — but he does have his very own Illinois gun permit.The 10-month-old, whose given name is Howard David Ludwig, was issued a firearm owner’s identification card after his father, Howard Ludwig, paid the $5 fee and filled out the application, not expecting to actually get one.The card lists the baby’s height (2 feet, 3 inches), weight (20 pounds) and has a scribble where the signature should be.With some exceptions, the cards are required of any Illinois residents purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition within the state. There are no age restrictions on the cards, an official said.Illinois State Police oversee the application process. Their purpose, said Lt. Scott Compton, is to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, those under an order of protection and those convicted of domestic violence.

“Does a 10-month-old need a FOID card? No, but there are no restrictions under the act regarding age of applicants,” he said.”

Yes ,of course. The rules are very clear that there is no age restriction for issue of a gun license. The rules do not  prohibit the issue of a gun license to a 10-month old child if he has applied for it and he has had no record of convicted felonies. Since the applicant was born just 10 months ago the police can safely give the child the benefit of doubt and accept the application without a proof of crime-free antecedents. The antecedents verification need not be very lengthy and stretching back several years in time . The gurgle of the child is a proof enough to assume that the birth took place only 10 months ago.Now the other issue is whether the applicant has applied for it and signed where the blocks have been provided. The rules are silent on whether a “scratch” can be accepted as  the  signature of the applicant.Thankfully the police have liberally interpreted the rules and accepted the application without raising objections. We must compliment the police on the liberal approach adopted by them in this case.

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