As I've been reading the other thread on California and its gun laws, it has been mentioned a few times there that they in line with or Illinois might be worse for gun ownership. Can someone tell me what makes Illinois so bad? I grew up in Illinois and with the exception of 1 year of my 36 years have lived in this state. The one year was spent in Northern Nevada and I wasn't as interested in guns as I am now. Possibly it is that I am so used to the way that Illinois does things in regards to guns that I am semi-unaware of how bad it really is? Someone please enlighten me. I know that we in Illinois have these things different from other states: FOID card-$10/10 year expiration-have to have one to handle a gun in a store or transport in vehicle. Don't technically have to have one to own a gun. If I let mine expire, they aren't going to show up the next day and take my guns. I did let mine lapse on accident a couple years ago and it was no big deal. 1 day wait on long guns/3 days on pistols. I know other states have no waiting period. We have no CCW and that really pisses me off. We have no magazine size restrictions/folding stock or specific weapons that aren't allowed based on looks that I'm aware of. I think Class III weapons are allowed with the proper permits but I have never been rich enough to worry about looking into it. So what else is there that is allowed in other states that I'm not getting here in Illinois?