In ILLINOIS (and basically nowhere else) a Firearms Owners Identification Card, or FOID, is required by most people, basically everyone, in order to legally possess or acquire a firearm or ammunition.
At the risk of oversimplifying a "firearm" under Illinois law, is a modern firearm, an air rifle over .1777 caliber, a taser, a stun gun and a switchblade knife. Pre-1899 manufactured firearms and replicas of muzzle loading firearms are exempt by actual regulation.
From the Illinois State Police, through the following website. isp.illinois.gov/Foid/Foid
Cost is supposed to be $10. You will need a photo, but ISP won't use it. The application is supposed to be approved or rejected in 30 days, but almost never is.
You can TRY the following phone and e-mail, but they usually don't answer or respond.
Off of your own property, or fixed place of business, usually not. You generally need a concealed carry license for that.
Then you cannot have a firearm or ammunition in Illinois. ISP is notorious for invalidating FOID cards without a valid reason. If this has happened to you, we suggest your first call be to us, or another qualified lawyer familiar with these issues.
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