Know the Laws: Illinois
UPDATED January 23, 2014
Below is information about state gun laws in Illinois. A restraining order or criminal conviction may make it illegal for an abuser to have a gun. However, in addition to these state-specific laws, there are also federal gun laws that could apply. To fully understand all of the legal protections available, it is important that you also read the Federal Gun Laws pages. Please consider getting in touch with a domestic violence advocate in your community for more information on gun laws in your area.
Please consider getting in touch with a domestic violence advocate in your community for more information on gun laws in your area. To find help in your area, please go to the IL Where to Find Help page.
Under Illinois state law, there are other circumstances (aside from being convicted of a crime or having an order of protection against you) under which a person can lose the right to own a gun. For example, the Department of State Police has the power to deny an application for Firearm Owner's Identification Card (or to revoke and seize one that was previously issued) if the applicant or holder of the card:
* 430 ILCS 65/8
Yes. Under Illinois state law, the judge can order that an abuser turn in his guns even if the abuser is a law enforcement officer, military employee or government employee. S/he must give the gun(s) to the chief law enforcement executive at his/her job who will keep the gun(s) until the order expires.*
Furtheremore, there are federal gun laws that make it illegal for anyone convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor to buy or have a gun, even if s/he is a police officer or a military employee. To read more, go to Federal Gun Laws.
If you are confused or not sure whether your abuser can still use their gun for work purposes, you can talk to a family violence advocate in your area or call the National Center on Full Faith and Credit to find out more information: 1-800-903-0111. To find a family violence advocate in your area, please go to our IL State and Local Programs page.
* 750 ILCS 60/214(b)(14.5)(b)
Trying to understand both federal and state law can be confusing, but there are people out there who can help you better understand the law and your rights under the law.