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How Do You Register A Firearm In Illinois?

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If you're interested in purchasing a hand gun, rifle or shotgun in Illinois, you may be wondering how to register it. Despite Illinois' strict gun laws, the registration process is relatively simple and is usually completed with the help of the sales staff. Visit a Federal Firearm Licensed (FFL) Gun Dealer. Present your Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card and select your firearm. (Don't have a FOID card? Check the Resources for instructions on how to get one!) Complete Federal Form ATF 4473. This form verifies eligibility to purchase a firearm and is necessary for the transfer of the firearm. Wait while the FFL performs a background check. This can take a short amount of time or several days. The Illinois State Police (ISP) will tell the FFL that you are "approved" or "denied" for purchase. If approved, you will need to wait a specific amount of time to take possession of the firearm. After the waiting period, you may pick up the firearm and transport it in accordance with ... more
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