Oak Forest police received an unusual request last summer, when they were asked to store guns for a man being released from a mental institution.Janice Bouril has a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, and has every right to own firearms (and Joe Bouril has transferred ownership of the firearms to her), but the police refuse to return them to her without a court order.
Joe Bouril and his wife, Janice, gave the six guns to police voluntarily and planned to get them back once Bouril showed that he was no longer a threat to himself or others.
Now, Bouril says he's better and wants his guns back.
But police have balked at relinquishing them, saying they need a court order before they do so.
In anything resembling a free society, a court order is one of the requirements to revoke a right. Here in Illinois, though, you have to get one to have your rights honored.
The Bouril family is unable to afford the grotesque legal fees involved with obtaining the required court order, and thus appear, for the moment at least, to be out of luck.
I don't know how I continue to manage to be surprised by this kind of outrage.