Illinois Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for Illinois Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact Illinois gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to Illinois can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

Illinois State Constitution

Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

All men are by nature free and independent and have certain inherent and inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights and the protection of property, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

The people have the right to assemble in a peaceable manner, to consult for the common good, to make known their opinions to their representatives and to apply for redress of grievances.

Illinois Gun Laws

Illinois Hunting Rules & Regulations

Illinois Shooting Ranges

Illinois Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

Illinois NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Illinois Gun Shows and FFLs

Illinois's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

Illinois Elected Public Officials

Illinois Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Illinois State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Firearm Background Check Data

Background check types

The transaction types Permit, Permit Recheck, Handgun, Long Gun, Other, Multiple and Admin on the chart are for background checks initiated by an officially-licensed Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) or criminal justice/law enforcement agency prior to the issuance of a firearm-related permit or transfer.

Multiple indicates a background check where more than one type of firearm is associated to a single background check.

Admin indicates the administrative checks that are for other authorized uses of the NICS.

Pre-Pawn background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees seeking to pledge or pawn a firearm.

Redemption background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to regain possession of a firearm after pledging or pawning a firearm as security at a pawn shop.

Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Return to Seller-Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Best Gun-Friendly States Ranking

Overall Freedom Ranking

Business Tax Climate Rankings