Category Archives: Chicago Handgun

Gunbot.net – a great ammo search tool

As someone who has been a passive observer to the current ammo market, my shooting hobby hasn’t really been disrupted. I did get my dad to join my winter pistol league and experiencing the ammo search through him has been very eye opening to the extent of the drought. Helping my father locate enough 9mm to compete in our modest round count league has been rough to say the least. I’m sure I don’t need to explain it as you’ve experienced it yourself.

Luckily, we have the internet and gun owners who are much smarter than I. One such individual has created GunBot.net which is a super slick ammo finder.

I hope it proves as useful to you as it did for me. Feel free to share any tools or sites you use to find ammo.

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

Gun Charge Dismissed Due to Chicago’s Lack of Gun Ranges

I apologize for the use of a news clip from Fox — the written article isn’t much better but they were the first to break the story.

Here’s the skinny: Jesus Duenas, a FOID card holder, purchases a handgun after the ban is lifted. He does not immediately obtain a Chicago Firearms Permit. In an unrelated incident, neighbors call police to complain about noise and the police use this opportunity to shake him down. They confiscate the handgun after entering the home without a warrant and charge him with having an unregistered firearm.

The judge dismisses the gun charge because the city of Chicago does not have a gun range and this is why Duenas was unable to comply with the ordinance.

Although the fact that there are CFP holders in Chicago this bit of information seems to be lost on the Fox news anchors. It’s at least good for a laugh.

In all seriousness I hope to get some more details on this case and hopefully from a better journalistic source.