Illinois Gun Laws The state of Illinois has a child access prevention law for all
firearms as well as a juvenile possession law and a juvenile sale and
transfer law in regards to firearms. Firearm Owner's Identification is
required to purchase any handguns, shotguns, or rifles in the state of
Illinois. No registration is necessary for shotguns, handguns, or
rifles. Owners must license all handguns, shotguns, and rifles under
Firearm Owner's Identification. A permit through Firearm Owner's
Identification is also required to carry shotguns or rifles. The state
of Illinois does not permit any concealed weapons, so no permit is
necessary to carry a handgun as it is unlawful. However a Firearm
Owner's Identification is necessary when transporting handguns. The
city of Chicago requires that all firearms be registered. Purchasing
any kind of firearm is subject to municipal control in Illinois. Some
municipalities have banned handguns subsequently.
Purchasing Firearms in Illinois A Firearms Owner's Identification card is required in purchasing
ammunition and all firearms. After a purchasing agreement has been
made, the firearm seller has the requirement to hold a shotgun or rifle
for up to twenty-four hours or a handgun for up to seventy-two hours. A
purchasing waiting period does not exist for law enforcement officers,
dealers, or non-residents at an Illinois State Police Department gun
show. All transfer records will be maintained for up to ten years after
the purchase. These records include the firearm's serial number, the
firearm's description, the Firearms Owner's Identification number of
the owner, and the owner's identity.
The dealer who is licensed under the federal government is required by
law to have a background check on any individual looking to purchase a
firearm. This check will be through the Department of the State Police
for a fee of two dollars. Private sales and gun show sales must also
run background checks on their buyers as required by the state police.
These background checks also require Firearms Owner's Identification
cards. Those under the age of eighteen are not permitted to purchase a
firearm in the state of Illinois along with those who are not eligible
for Firearms Owner's Identification.
Firearms Owner's Identification Requirements The Illinois state police department how the power to issue
Firearms Owner's Identification as located in Springfield. Applications
can be acquired online or through a phone call. Only certain
individuals are eligible to obtain Firearms Owner's Identification. The
requirements include being over the age of twenty-one; never having
been convicted of any felony; not being addicted to narcotics, not
being a mental patient in the past five years; not being mentally
handicapped; not being an alien to the United States; not being the
subject of any prohibiting order for possessing a firearm; not being
convicted of assault, battery, aggravated assault, or any protection
violation while possessing a firearm in the past five years; or having
not been convicted of a domestic battery offense or similar crime on or
after the first of January 1998 or before this date within five years.
A Firearms Owner's Identification application can be marked void if the
information presented has been deemed false.