Gun laws are different from state to state, so it can be difficult to keep up with them. In Illinois, any person who is in possession of a firearm must also possess a firearm owner’s identification card (FOID), which verifies that the person may legally possess the firearm. You can get into serious trouble if you are caught with a firearm and you do not have your FOID card on you, but you can also get into serious trouble if you have had your FOID card suspended or revoked and you are caught with a firearm. In order to first receive a FOID card, you must meet a certain set of criteria. The Illinois State Police reserve the right to suspend or revoke your FOID card for numerous reasons, and if you do not comply, you could face serious charges.
Notice of Revocation
If your FOID is revoked for any reason, the Illinois Department of State Police will send you a notice in the mail detailing the reason for the revocation. The notice will go into detail about the specific reason why your card has been revoked and how you can submit an appeal for the revocation. You must take action to comply with the law regarding your FOID revocation.
FOID Revocation Requirements
If you receive a revocation notice in the mail, you are required to do a few things. First, you must surrender your FOID card to your local law enforcement agency, who will send your card to the Department of State Police. Then, you must fill out a Firearm Disposition Record, which will have on it:
- The make, model and serial number of each firearm you own;
- The location where each firearm will be kept during the revocation; and
- If any firearm will be transferred to another person, the information about that person and the specific firearm.
If you do not comply with these requirements, the local law enforcement agency can put out a warrant and may come search for and take the FOID card, along with any firearms that are in your possession. If you do not comply, you can also be charged with a criminal offense, which can mean jail time and expensive fines.
Are You Facing FOID Card Violation Charges?
While it is guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution that citizens have the right to bear arms, you can lose that right if you misbehave. Having your FOID card revoked can be devastating to gun owners, but it is important that you comply with all regulations if you do. A skilled Joliet gun possession attorney can help you defend yourself in court if you are facing FOID violations. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. knows the law in and out and can help keep your name clear. Call the office today at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free consultation.