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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

AUDIT OF ILLINOIS’ FOID CARD PROGRAM SHOWS SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES

From State Rep. Rich Morthland –

MOLINE – Thursday, William Holland, Auditor General of the State of Illinois released the audit of the Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card Program pursuant to House Resolution 89, which was sponsored by State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova). Rep. Morthland introduced this legislation as a companion to House Bill 3500 that gained statewide notoriety for protecting the privacy of FOID cardholders in Illinois.
The Office of the Auditor General found “significant deficiencies” in the reporting of potentially disqualifying mental health conditions by circuit court clerks through the state. Notably, “…only 3 of the 102 circuit court clerks submitted mental health court orders.”  The report identified shortcomings of the Illinois State Police’s Firearm Services Bureau to respond to phone calls and applications due to understaffing. It was also reported that the State Police spent over $200,000 in overtime pay for three employees over the period of three years.  In light of these facts, the Illinois FOID card program is found to be severely limited in promoting and protecting public safety.

 
“The audit notes the inefficiencies of the entire process,” Morthland stated. “Let’s use this audit as a tool in cooperation with the Illinois State Police to streamline the bureaucracies behind the FOID card process from the application, to the mailing, to the screening of potential applicants.”

Morthland added, “We are exploring legislative options to apply the recommendations by the Auditor General and apply the principles of fiscal conservatism to this understaffed and failing governmental program.”
 
To read the full report and the recommendations visit: http://auditor.illinois.gov/

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.

Chicago Firearms Class Instruction at Illinois Gun Works

ChicagolandSportBikes.com member “Trinitrogen” shares with us his experience in taking the Chicago Firearms Course at Illinois Gun Works.

It was actually quite interesting. The focus of the class is almost exclusively laws that govern firearms in Illinois and Chicago. There was basically nothing for a beginner shooter, but there are other classes for that.

I took it at Illinois Gun Works on Friday from 1pm to 6. Four hours in the class, and “one hour” on the range. The instructor apparently was one of the guys who actually wrote the new ordinance, and designed it knowing that concealed carry will be coming in the next couple of years. He is a former Marine Force Recon, and then spent 25 years as a Chicago homicide, and has that wonderful lack of political correctness you’d expect from a retired Chicago police.

See the full story here.