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Midwest Guns and Range makes it easy to get your Firearms Owners ID Card in Chicago (as easy as it can be!). If you intend to own, purchase, or carry firearms, ammunition, tasers, or stun guns in the state of IL, then you need a FOID card. However, not everyone will be eligible to receive their FOID card. For example, despite common misconception, the legal age for FOID card applicants is 21, not 18. Either that or the applicant must have a parent or legal guardian with them who themselves is eligible for a FOID card.
Who is NOT Eligible or a FOID Card in Illinois?
The state of Illinois is very picky about who it allows to purchase and own guns. For that reason, convicted felons and individuals with substance abuse problems may not apply for a Firearms Owners ID Card in Chicago. Also, if you have been admitted in a mental health facility either involuntary or on your own within the past five years, you are not eligible for a FOID card. Additionally, individuals who have been admitted in a mental health facility more than five years ago must submit a mental health certification. And the disqualifications don't stop here!
Some people have said that Illinois doesn't want anyone owning guns, and judging by who's not allowed to own one, people who make this claim may not be that far off! Still, we have to play by their rules.
The list of those who are barred from FOID card ownership goes on to include many more categories of people, including the intellectually disabled, unlawful aliens, individuals with active protection orders, those convicted of violent crimes where a gun as used or was present in Illinois or elsewhere. Further, you must not be an alien in the US on a non-immigrant Visa, and the applicant must not be a minor subject to a petition filed under section 5-520 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 where the minor allegedly committed a crime that would be a felony if committed by an adult.
Unfortunately, the list doesn't stop here! There are other stipulations for individuals who want to apply for a FOID card also. If you don't fall into any of these categories, then there is a good chance that you will be an eligible FOID card applicant. Visit Midwest Guns and Range to get started with your application today.
How to Apply for Your FOID Card in Chicago
You will need about an hour on any Saturday between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm. You'll want to be sure to bring your IL driver's license with you or your IL state ID card and a credit card (cash is not accepted) for payment. You must have an email address to apply for your FOID card. If you have previously logged into the ISP website, you will need to know the username that you made at that time. If you don't remember it, you will need to use a new email address to create an account.
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