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NSSF – Chicago Violating Federal Law

The National Shooting Sports Foundation posted an article by Larry Keane on their website which points out that according to a recent Chicago Sun-Times article the Chicago Police Department had provided the University of Chicago Crime Lab with firearm trace information for the purpose of producing a report.

The article points out a number of issues such as: the director of the Crime Lab has an anti-gun bias, the finding that weapons are not sourced in Chicago (since there are no gun shops in Chicago) is obvious, and most shocking is that the distribution of this firearm data to a non-law enforcement entity for purposes other than an actual criminal investigation violates the Tiahrt amendment.

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The public release of firearms trace data is prohibited under federal legislation known as the Tiahrt Amendment. This legislation is supported by Congress, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and law enforcement groups such as the Fraternal Order of Police because it secures sensitive tracing information which would jeopardize on-going criminal investigations and put the lives of law enforcement officers and others at risk. So while no law enforcement agency in the country has ever been denied access to firearm trace data about their community, not a single one, it remains imperative that this information not be made public.

Keane asks us to draw the line: “Stand up against those who ignore the law to push their anti-gun agenda. Register to vote today, and make a change in November.”

Lincolnwood Gun Range Has Trustees’ Support

Plans for an indoor gun range to be operated by firearm retailer Shore Galleries has gained support of the Lincolnwood Trustees according to the Chicago Tribune.

Guns and ammunition have been present in the village for 56 years and will continue to be present at Shore even if the store stays in its current location, argued Trustee Jesal B. Patel.

“I would guess if you’re going to commit a crime with a gun, the last place you’re going to go is where everyone has a gun and there are lots of police officers,” he said.

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Getting a gun in Chicago is quick and easy?

The Chicago Sun-Times interviewed a young Chicago teen and police informer to find out how gang members obtain guns in Chicago. The answer? After phone call to his “gun guys” and a bicycle ride down the street he is strapped.

Chicago police give more details into where these guns actually come from: they’re either purchased legally (by “straw purchasers” and then sold into the black market) or stolen.

Remember, keep your firearms safely locked up and know what we are up against: easily obtainable guns for criminals.

Step-by-step Chicago Firearm Registration

How do you legally acquire and register a firearm in Chicago? Here’s a step-by-step summary:

Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID)

A FOID is required for you to purchase or possess a firearm and ammunition in the state of Illinois. This absolutely should be obtained first. Illinois gun shops will not even let you touch a firearm without it. Out of state ammunition suppliers may ask for your FOID if shipping to you in Illinois.

Note: the FOID (nor any other registration from any state) do NOT authorize concealed carry. The FOID card is $10 and must be renewed every 10 years. There are no minimum age restrictions on applicants.

Online FOID Application to print and mail in.

To complete the FOID application you will need to send along a photograph of yourself measuring 1.25″ W x 1.5″ H. Do NOT send a Passport photo, your application will be rejected.

Although the Illinois State Police (ISP) have indicated their current processing time is more than 50 days Illinois state law requires the ISP to issue or deny your card within 30 days. If you do not have your FOID within 30 days, call your State Representative and advise them of the delay and ask them to call on your behalf. You can call the ISP as well, but expect to wait 60 minutes or longer.

Once you have received your approved FOID you can purchase your weapon, however residents of Chicago should consider waiting to purchase a handgun until they receive their Chicago Firearms Permit (CFP) because of the 5-day registration restriction.

You could choose to patronize a “local” gun shop, but you can purchase a handgun from anywhere in the country. When you purchase a firearm it must be shipped to a Federal Firearm License (FFL) holder, such as a gun shop. Expect to pay between $20 and $50 for this service.

Long guns (rifles and shotguns) may be purchased in Illinois or any neighboring state (IA, IN, WI, MO, KY) and transported by you personally back across the state line. Any state beyond those bordering states requires shipment to a FFL as noted above.

In all cases, the FFL holder must verify your FOID before delivering the weapon to you.

Another option would be to make a private purchase (any legal long gun or handgun) from an individual in the state of Illinois. In this case the seller is required to copy down your FOID information and retain this information for 10 years after the sale.

You could also purchase a handgun from a private party out-of-state but the weapon MUST be shipped to a FFL shop first.

Chicago Firearms Permit (CFP)

Chicago Police Department CFP Requirements

City of Chicago Residents MUST also have a CFP to legally own or possess a firearm within the city limits. A major component of receiving your CFP is to take an APPROVED CFP training class. Make sure the class you take is CFP approved before signing up. Expect to pay between $100 and $150 for a CFP class.

You will also need two passport-sized photos taken which you will submit with the CFP application.

There is a CFP Application PDF to download and print however it has been rumored that the city will only accept their original forms (on yellow card stock) which is available at the CPD HQ. Note that the application must be brought in person to 3510 S. Michigan (Chicago Police Department HQ). Note: The address on Kedzie no longer accepts CFP applications.

The CPD will take your finger prints, check your vision and take the application fee of $100. The initial CFP is valid for 3 years.

Chicago Gun Registration

Once you have a valid FOID and CFP you can now purchase a firearm. Any gun MUST be registered within 5 days of entering the city. The Chicago Police Department gun registration is $15/gun and you can’t register more than one firearm per 30 days.

CPD Gun Registration PDF to download and print however it has been rumored that the CPD will only accept their original forms which are also available at the CPD HQ.

Responsible Gun Ownership

The Chicago city ordinance places additional restrictions on your legal rights regarding your firearms. Although Illinois state law allows you to carry your weapon anywhere on your property (yard, garage, or porch), Chicago’s ordinance allows firearm use only INSIDE your home and not even your attached garage or outside your front door.

To move or possess the firearm beyond the confines of your living space Chicago requires that you have a CFP, the weapon be inoperable (i.e. disassembled), unloaded, in a case designed for gun storage and amunition stored in a separate case. Note that this differs from Illinois state requirements which only require a FOID and allow for ammunition to be in the same container as an unloaded firearm.

Illinois State Police Firearm Transportation Guidelines Download PDF