One of the most well-known aspects of the United States’ culture is how much emphasis is put on personal freedoms, especially when it comes to firearms. To the Founding Fathers, access to firearms was so important that they even included a provision for them in the Constitution. However, with the changes that have taken place in the world since the 1700s and now, gun ownership is not an absolute right in the United States and is actually left up to individual states to set rules and regulations. In Illinois, residents must qualify for, apply, and receive a firearm owner identification (FOID) card before they are legally permitted to purchase or possess firearms or ammunition. Possessing either without a FOID card could result in serious weapons charges that could elevate to felony charges. A skilled criminal defense attorney can help you avoid a conviction if you are facing any type of firearms violation.
FOID Card Requirements
Before you can receive a FOID card, you must meet all of the eligibility requirements that have been set forth by the Illinois State Police. These requirements are very similar to federal firearm ownership requirements and are designed to prevent those who may be a threat to public safety from legally purchasing or possessing a firearm. Illinois FOID card requirements state that a person is eligible to receive a FOID card when he or she:
Is at least 21 years old...