Thomme, people generally don't like to have to ask permission to exercise fundamental rights.
Let me put it this way. For "Average Joe," it is ILLEGAL for him to own ANY firearm. The only way he can legally own a firearm in Illinois (as a resident) is to fill out forms and pay money to ASK the government for permission to exercise his 2nd Amendment rights.
If you need to ask permission, is it really a right?