How to buy a handgun in Chicago – Step 1

Junius @ Looking Backward shares with us a glimpse into his first steps in obtaining his Chicago Firearms Permit.

Shooting Range image by Spring Dew via FlickrIn pursuit of the ever-elusive legally owned Chicago-bound handgun, I found myself in a western suburb this weekend going through the NRA Basic Pistol course. I cannot recommend this class highly enough to someone with little practical experience in shooting or weapons safety. The class goes into great detail in examining the constituent parts of revolvers and semiautomatic handguns, spends time discussing safety in detail (as well as legal and ethical liability), shooting stance, grip, correcting shooting errors, assessing the difference between calibers and how to recover from common weapons malfunctions. And that’s just the classroom portion.

I ended up having to come back the next day for range time since I misjudged my I-Go reservation, but benefited from the undivided attention of our teacher. Within an hour I had dramatically improved my accuracy with the Glock 17 (and while I originally hated this handgun, it turns out that a proper grip corrects the slide bite and loose accuracy that irritated me at first). As my instructor was certified by Illinois as a firearms instructor, he was able to sign the training affadavit for the Chicago Firearms Permit application.

Read more at Looking Backward

Julius also has a few more posts on Chicago’s responsible gun ownership ordinance with some great insight.

Video Review: Springfield XD-M 3.8 9mm

For those of you that saw our sneak peak post on the new .45 XD(M). You probably noticed the new features on the latest generation 3.8 and 4.5 barrel lengths for the 9mm. Thanks to The Truth about guns, we’ve got a great video review on the all new Springfield XD-M 3.8 9mm.

Springfield XD-M 3.8 9mm Review

Source: The Truth About Guns

Chicago Firearms Permit CFP and Ordinance

We’ve had some questions about long firearms registration (shotgun, rifle) and the new ordinance. We have been told that the new ordinance applies to ALL registrations. So if you are renewing an existing registration be prepared to get a CFP, instruction/range time and pay $100 (valid for 3 years) in addition to the firearm registration.

You can get the forms on our Downloads page

Does an Increase in Handguns Increase Crime?

The National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action answers the question “Does an Increase in Handguns Increase Crime?” We don’t think the answer will surprise you.


Even as the number of handguns in the United States has increased by 50% since 1980 the murder rate per capita has decreased 52%.

Are these just pretty graphs and manipulated statistics? Gasp! Or could it be that the handgun ban in Chicago only managed to turn Chicago into “a slaughterhouse where defenseless victims are terrorized by armed thugs who have taken full advantage of an unarmed populace”?