Colion Noir Explains How “Common Sense” Gun Control Hurts Single-Parent Households


Who is getting targeted by “common sense” gun control measures that seek to make gun ownership more difficult, increase restrictions, and make purchasing and carrying a gun more expensive? The most vulnerable of us.

According to Pew Research, in 2014, fewer than half of all children in this country live in two-parent households. This means that for 46% of parents in this country, raising a child is an effort done alone.

Instead of two incomes coming in through the door, there’s only one. And children are expensive. CNN Money estimated that it costs nearly a quarter of a million dollars to raise a kid to adulthood. For a single mother or father making even half of the national real median income of $53,900 (U.S. Census Bureau), we’re looking at someone who realistically is bringing in close to half that amount — $26,950/year.

The expenses purely related to the child itself is estimated to be somewhere in vicinity of $13,000/year — housing, food, child care, healthcare, clothing, etc.

For a single parent out there in the world, often times it’s the choice of sleeping or keeping your child clothed and fed.

Now let’s look at getting a concealed carry permit in Illinois.

First, you need to get a handgun. In order to do this, you need a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID). For that, you’ll need the following:

  • A Valid Driver’s License or State Identification card.
  • A head and shoulder electronic photograph taken within the last 30 days.
  • $10.00 payable with a credit card or electronic check.

Once you get the FOID, you can purchase the handgun. That cost can be anywhere between $399 for the cheapest used handgun to likely anything under $1,000. Then there’s the cost of ammunition. While you’ll likely purchase full metal jacketed rounds for practice, you’ll want to have at least a box or two of self-defense rounds. Costs for ammunition can vary greatly depending upon where in the country you purchase it.

Let’s make a rough figure of the firearm plus ammunition coming out to be around $1,000 after taxes. Let’s add a cheap $35-45 holster and if you have a small child, you’re probably going to want a lock-box to store the gun. Between basic items like gun cleaning fluid, brushes, holster, and box, let’s tack on conservatively another $100.

Now, if you live in a city like Chicago, you have to register your gun with the city itself. That’s a one-time fee of $15 for each firearm.

Your cost to become a handgun owner in Illinois comes out to be around $1,125.

If you live in Chicago, you already know violent crime is a real problem. Even if you live outside of Chicago, the surrounding area is plagued by heavy violence as well.

This is a place that, as a single parent, you would want to be armed. Heck, we’d go so far as to say you ought to be armed.

But, let’s remember: $26,950/year. That comes out to $2,246/month. After estimated Federal, State, and local taxes, you have to stretch $1,827 to cover housing, food, heat, child care, and electricity.

So, while the $1,125 estimated amount to become a handgun owner doesn’t seem to be too egregiously high at first glance — for a single parent struggling to survive in the outskirts of Chicago, it’s a major financial decision.

Now, let’s talk about that concealed carry permit. In Illinois, you need to go through a state-approved training course.

Source: Illinois State Police

  • 16 hours of Concealed Carry firearms training provided by an ISP approved Instructor. (est. $250-$500)
  • A head and shoulder electronic photograph taken within the last 30 days. ($18 at your local Walgreen’s)
  • Be able to provide the last ten years of residency.
  • Fingerprints
  • $150.00 payable with a credit card or electronic check.

Now you need to take a Concealed Carry License course. That’s going to be a minimum of $250 and two full days of classes.

Assume no hiccups, your total cost to become a concealed carrier in Illinois is, at a minimum, $450-500 if you do everything on a very strict budget.

Single parents already have enough hoops to go through to become law-abiding concealed carriers in the places where they need to carry a gun the most.

By increasing the costs associated with processing paperwork, decreasing the availability of certain types of handguns, placing undue restrictions on the gun ownership process — we’re making it harder for single parents on a limited income to afford to defend themselves.

That’s how “common sense” gun control actually hurts the people who need it most.

Receive the latest news right to your inbox!

About the Author

GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 26 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his Sig Sauer SP2022 in a Dara Holsters Appendix IWB holster.

Vedder Holsters
Vedder Holsters

Click for more:

Leave a comment