The city so mean even the babies are packing.

It will probably be quite a while before Bubba Ludwig gets to use his Firearm Owner's Identification Card.

Bubba, whose given name is Howard David Ludwig, is just 10 months old but has been issued the official State of Illinois gun ID. The application was filled out by his father, newspaper columnist Howard Ludwig.

The ID card arrived, complete with Bubba's toothless baby picture. The card lists the baby's height (2 feet, 3 inches), weight (20 pounds) and has a scribble where the signature should be. Ludwig said he never thought the gun permit would be approved.

The ID card program is administered by Illinois State Police. A spokesman for the department said there are no restrictions under the law regarding the age of applicants.

The kid just had to be nicknamed Bubba, didn't he? I shouldn't be surprised, actually--the kid's grandfather bought the baby a 12-gauge Beretta as a gift. What kind of people, outside of those who would nickname a child "Bubba," buy a ten-month old child a shotgun as a gift? I grew up with some Bubbas, and I believe they all had to at least be able to walk before they got their first guns, and even then it wasn't a 12-gauge.

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