Police require court order to return property

Days of Our Trailers tells of yet another case of a police agency in Illinois simply making rules up as they go along. As is typical in Illinois, those rules tend to be stacked against gun owners.

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.

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.

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.

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.


6 Responses to “Police require court order to return property”

  1. straightarrow Says:

    They can’t return them. They divided the spoils and no longer have them available for return.

    Bet on it.

  2. 45superman Says:

    Well, I sure as hell wouldn’t bet against it.

  3. Thirdpower Says:

    Honestly, it’s the first thing I thought as well.

  4. hairy hobbit Says:

    WTF was she thinking?

    It’ll take a hell of a lot of finagling, but I think there would be enough people willing to extend the proposed border fence to extend around ILLinois. It sure as hell isn’t part of America.

  5. Thirdpower Says:


    Not the whole state, just I-80 and north. After we evacuate Carl and a few others. The rest of the state is relatively sane in comparison.

  6. B Smith Says:

    Ugh. Straightarrow, Wish I could bet against it with any confidence…alas. The mere fact that this guy is trying to play it straight says worlds for his case…and also explains why the deck is so stacked against him. Far too often, I see that the police are no better than the thugs.
    Superman— when you stop managing to be surprised at these outrages, you’ll move right into resigned acceptance. At that point, the Evil wins.

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