Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Your call is important to us ...

Please continue to hold and your call will be answered by the next available agent.

Why am I on eternal hold?
Because I was lucky enough to get through the "busy signal wall".
It takes about 5 or 6 attempts to get through.

This would be an improvement over the current system

Who am I trying to reach?
The Illinois State Police FOID Division.

How long will I be on hold?
Estimated 64 minutes today. Couple days ago it was 83 minutes. I hung up.

Why bother?
Because I'd like to know when my renewed FOID might be expected.
They took my money 5 weeks ago.

What am I learning?

What else?
Hmmmm ... a creeping suspicion that a legislatively decreed "licensing" of rights can be suppressed or negated by intentional neglect of said systems designed to control citizens asserting their 2nd Amendment rights.

So ...
After an hour (!) on hold, I got through to an operator. I was told that they got my application 34 days ago. (They cashed my check 36 days ago). I was told that I'd "probably get my card in a couple of weeks." By law, this process is to be completed within 30 days. 'Tis another example of "the State" being unable to comply with the systems and laws that they set up.

Not happy. Nor pleased. I called my State Senator. Lodged a polite complaint with her office. Along with a promise to call back in two weeks if I haven't received said id.

Lesson learned?
There might be forty other states to live in that I'll feel more like a "citizen" and less like a "subject"


Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Art,

Report from Arizona:

AZ is now a "Constitutional Carry" state, so you can walk around "strapped". But if you look like a Mexican, best keep movin' along. Oh, and there's no jobs and property taxes are high. Other than that, AZ is just another police state in America.


Art said...

Hey Dave -
I've spent a few vacation out in AZ.
Compared to the Peoples Republic of IL it's a beacon of freedom out west there. Illinois is a "sanctuary State" ... so alot of Mexicans (documented, undocumented and in between) end up here-abouts