With its gun control laws being among the strictest in the nation, the state of Illinois carefully monitors the application and registration process for gun owners. A recent change, however, was aimed at making the process more convenient for owners and dealers alike. Illinois residents looking to obtain a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card or a Concealed Carry License (CCL) are now required to utilize an online application system provided by the Illinois State Police (ISP).
New Online Process
Rolling out the changes earlier this year , the ISP and state authorities looked to streamline and modernize the application process. Previously, an online system was available for concealed carry applications, but required applicants to set up a digital ID through the state’s Department of Central Management Services. Meanwhile, FOID applicants were required to file paper forms.
Beginning in March, the paper applications have been eliminated , and the application process for both the FOID and CCL have been combined into a single system. In addition, obtaining the digital ID through Central Management Services is no longer required; instead, applicants will be able to provide their existing state ID or driver’s license information to access the new system. Those without internet access, minors under 21 without state-issued ID, and Amish applicants can contact the ISP’s call center for help with applying.
The new system also makes it easier for Federal Firearm Licensed (FFL) dealers to conduct the required background checks before selling a firearm to a properly licensed individual. FFLs are also required to register via the ISP system, but by making the appropriate information available in a single, user-friendly database, the ISP hopes to make the process easier and more efficient for everyone involved.
Illinois Weapons Offenses
In the state of Illinois, illegal possession of a firearm can be a very serious matter. An individual may face charges and potential criminal penalties for carrying or transporting a firearm without an appropriate license. That is why understanding the proper procedures for safe, legal gun ownership is so important.
If you or a family member has been charged with any type of weapons offense, choosing the right attorney is critical to the successful handling of your case. At our law firm, we realize how difficult such a situation can be and have the skill and experienced to help you. Contact an experienced Will County criminal defense attorney today to schedule your free consultation.