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Illinois Gun Laws

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Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, so make sure you do thorough research if you wish to own a gun in Chicago.

One of the newest laws to go into effect is a ban on all gun shops within the city of Chicago. Firearm sales are banned within the city, an in order to get a gun, one must complete four hours in a classroom and one hour on a shooting range. The catch is shooting ranges are banned within the city of Chicago, so you must travel outside the city limits to complete this requirement.

Furthermore anybody who wishes to own a handgun in Chicago must obtain a Chicago firearm permit.

To apply for a firearm permit

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years old (18 with a parent's written permission)
  • The applicant bring an affidavit signed by a state-certified firearms instructor stating the applicant has completed a firearm training course consisting of at least 4 hours classroom and 1 hour range time.

  • Applications must be filed in person between 8:30am-3:30pm Monday-Friday at PRCSS.
  • The applicant must also bring:
    • Illinois firearm owner's ID number
    • A copy of their firearm owner's ID card
    • Two identical passport size photographs taken within the past 30 days
    • A valid Illinois driver's license or Illinois state-issued ID card.
    • If bringing a state-issued ID card, the applicant must also bring a letter from a licensed optometrist attesting the applicant has vision equal to or better than what is required for a driver's license.
  • After submitting the application, the applicant must submit to fingerprinting. The application will not be processed without fingerprints.
  • Only after one has obtained a Chicago Firearms Permit may one purchase a handgun.
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