Are there any special requirements for purchasing or possessing a firearm in Illinois?
The state of Illinois is especially restrictive on gun possession when compared to other, more lenient states in the country. A prospective gun owner must go through a number of legal and administrative hoops before being able to legally obtain a firearm. The most significant among these is getting a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card, without which it is illegal to own any sort of firearm or even ammunition. FOID’s are issued on request following a thorough background check, intended to screen out potentially dangerous individuals.