Protect Illinois Communities Act, Regulation on Assault Weapons

On January 10, 2023, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Public Act 102-1116, the Protect Illinois Communities Act (Act). The Act regulates the sale and distribution of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and switches in Illinois. The Act went into effect immediately upon signing. Individuals who possessed assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and other devices listed in the Act before it took effect are required to submit an endorsement affidavit through their Firearm Owner’s Identification Card account by JANUARY 1, 2024.

To access your account, click here. To create an account, you will need an email address, driver's license or State ID, and FOID card (if applicable).

On September 15, 2023, ISP filed a proposed rule with the Illinois Secretary of State to implement the Act. The proposed rule can be found by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions


Firearms, Attachments, and Ammunition Subject to Regulation

PICA regulates the possession of assault weapons (among other things) and sets forth a definition convey which firearms are included in the Act. The definition of "assault weapon" included in PICA is very broad including any firearm, part, or combination of parts designed to or intended to operate as an assault weapon as defined in the Act. For additional information, please refer to 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9(a)(1) and the ISP’s guide.

Appendix A is not exhaustive but rather sets forth those "assault weapons" that are eligible for the endorsement affidavit process and exemption. To ensure that any "assault weapon" (as defined by PICA) which was possessed on January 10, 2023, is incorporated into the endorsement affidavit process and exemption, the ISP mimicked the legislature’s language.

The ISP does not anticipate changing Appendix A insofar as it was drafted broadly enough to incorporate all assault weapons that meet the statutory definition so that they are subject to the endorsement affidavit process. The ISP has provided a guide and flow chart to help people understand what is and is not regulated by PICA. Appendix A is a list of firearms for which an endorsement affidavit must be submitted.

No. If you do not keep your firearms within the state of Illinois, then no endorsement affidavit is required.

No. Only .50 BMG caliber cartridges are regulated. For additional information, please refer to 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9(a)(5).

Yes, receivers designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon are prohibited. Please refer to section 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9(a)(3).

Yes, while .50 caliber rifles and cartridges are specifically prohibited, any weapon that fits the definition of an “Assault Weapon” would be prohibited regardless of the caliber. The only exception for .22 caliber ammunition is specifically limited to fixed magazines, large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and semiautomatic rifles with a fixed magazine capable of operating only with .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.

No. Please refer to our guide, which contains a features flowchart for rifles on page 83, can be found at:
https://isp.illinois.gov/StaticFiles/docs/Home/AssaultWeapons/PICA%20Identification%20Guide.pdf.

Yes, there is a specific exemption within PICA for assault weapons being repaired by licensed firearms dealers and gunsmiths. Further, you can repair your own assault weapon insofar as you do not need to replace parts that would be considered "assault weapon attachments" under the act. Since individuals are not provided an exemption to purchase assault weapon attachments, such parts would need to be replaced by an FFL or gunsmith. Pursuant to the provisions of 720 ILCS 24-1.9(d) and 720 ILCS 24-1.10(d), assault weapons, .50 caliber rifles, and large capacity ammunition feeding devices may be temporarily surrendered to an FFL or gunsmith for repairs regardless of the duration of the repairs. Any FFL or gunsmith making repairs pursuant to these provisions may order the parts necessary to complete such repairs and return the items to their owner upon completion of the repairs. Repairs shall not include the purchase of additional assault weapon attachments beyond those necessary to make the item functional again.

Yes, so long as you possessed the firearm prior to January 10, 2023, you may comply with the requirement under IL law to have it serialized.

No. A shroud is not an integral component of the stock, but rather a separate piece. For example, the wooden forestock on a base model Ruger 10/22 does not constitute a shroud. See ISP’s guide.

Other examples of forestocks not constituting shrouds would be the base model M1 Carbine, M1 Garand, and Savage, Model 850, assuming they have no other features regulated by the PICA and/or have not been modified to include any regulated features or attachments. For additional information regarding the definitions of barrel shroud, flash suppressor, muzzle brake, and stock, please refer to the ISP’s proposed rules.
https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/index/register/volume47/register_volume47_39.pdf

While both are barrel attachments, they serve different purposes. A flash suppressor is designed to reduce the muzzle flash of the firearm. On military firearms, this is to prevent distant opponents from seeing where someone may be shooting from. A muzzle brake directs the energy of the muzzle blast in a specified direction in order to reduce the felt recoil of the discharge of the firearm or to prevent the muzzle from jumping during shooting. Most muzzle brakes do nothing to reduce the flash, and the specific one produced by Springfield has been ruled by ATF to not be a flash suppressor. For additional information regarding the definitions of barrel shroud, flash suppressor, muzzle brake, and stock, please refer to the ISP’s proposed rules.
https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/index/register/volume47/register_volume47_39.pdf

Pursuant to 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9, assault weapon does not include a firearm that is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action, unless the firearm is a shotgun with a revolving cylinder. This is true even if, as manufactured, the bolt, pump, lever, or slide action firearm has features that if removed would constitute assault weapon attachments.

So long as the attachment is attached to the bolt, pump, lever, or slide action firearm, an endorsement affidavit is not required. If the attachment is removed from the bolt, pump, lever, or slide action firearm and meets the definition of assault weapon attachment, then an endorsement affidavit would need to be completed for the assault weapon attachment.

The statute defines the term “assault weapon attachment” as any device capable of being attached to a firearm that is specifically designed for making or converting a firearm into an assault weapon as defined in the Act.

The list provided below is intended to be illustrative and not exhaustive:

  • a pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
  • any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand;
  • a folding, telescoping, thumbhole, or detachable stock, or a stock that is otherwise foldable or adjustable in a manner that operates to reduce the length, size, or any other dimension, or otherwise enhances the concealability of, the weapon;
  • a flash suppressor;
  • a grenade launcher;
  • a shroud attached to the barrel or that partially or completely encircles the barrel, allowing the bearer to hold the firearm with the non-trigger hand without being burned, but excluding a slide that encloses the barrel;
  • a threaded barrel; and
  • a buffer tube, arm brace, or other part that protrudes horizontally behind the pistol grip and is designed or redesigned to allow or facilitate a firearm to be fired from the shoulder.

Assault weapon attachments do not include integral parts, components of an assault weapon, or other items not specifically designed for a firearm, for example items specifically designed for an airsoft gun. Rather they are supplementary items that can be attached to assault weapons.

  • Scopes and scope mounts
  • Red dot sights, holographic sights, and their mounts
  • Laser sighting devices
  • Flashlights or other lighting devices
  • Slings and sling mounts
  • Aftermarket stocks that do not otherwise meet the criteria in (1)(a)
  • Picatinny rails (used for attaching devices to the exterior of a firearm)
  • Bayonets and bayonet mounts
  • Belt clips / minimalistic holsters (pistols)

To be an assault weapon attachment, the item must be specifically designed for a firearm. Items specifically designed for airsoft guns are not assault weapon attachments. If a person were to attach parts specifically designed for an airsoft gun to a firearm thereby bringing it within the definition of assault weapon under PICA, the firearm would be regulated.

If the “gunstock” in question has one of the features listed below, it is regulated by PICA.

  • a pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
  • any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand;
  • a folding, telescoping, thumbhole, or detachable stock, or a stock that is otherwise foldable or adjustable in a manner that operates to reduce the length, size, or any other dimension, or otherwise enhances the concealability of, the weapon;

“Readily assembled, modified, restored or converted” shall mean any assembly, modification, restoration, or conversion beyond those that would be required in regular maintenance that is fairly or reasonably efficient, quick, and easy, and does not require special knowledge or skill, additional parts or tools, or significant expense. Readily assembled, modified, restored or converted shall not include assembly, modifications, restorations, or conversions that would damage or destroy the firearm or cause it to malfunction.

If the parts or combination of parts are designed to and function to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm about the standard rate of fire for semiautomatic firearms that are not equipped with that part or combination of parts, they are regulated by PICA. Only assault weapons, assault weapon attachments, .50 caliber rifles, and .50 caliber cartridges are subject to the endorsement affidavit process.

Assault weapons do not include integral parts or components of an assault weapon but rather are supplementary. So, any item that alone constitutes an assault weapons attachment is subject to the endorsement affidavit process.

“Capacity” means the total number of rounds that can be used of the maximum identified chambered sized round.

If the shotgun’s fixed magazine tube will accept more than 5-rounds of the maximum identified chambered size round, it is regulated by PICA and subject to the endorsement affidavit provisions. Extension tubes are neither fixed or detachable magazines and are therefore not regulated by PICA. If the shotgun’s fixed magazine tube will not accept more than 5 rounds of the maximum identified chambered size round, it is not regulated by PICA unless it has one of the features otherwise regulated – for example a pistol grip or thumbhole stock.

Section 1.10 of PICA does not regulate shotguns but rather regulates large capacity ammunition feeding devices. With respect to magazines, belts, drums, feed strips and other similar devices for shotguns, if it accepts more than 10 rounds of any type of ammunition it is regulated by PICA; however, the endorsement affidavit provisions do not apply to large capacity ammunition feeding devices.

There is a specific exemption for tubular devices designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.

If the firearm in question is a shotgun with a revolving cylinder it is regulated regardless of the chamber size. Pistols with revolving cylinders are not regulated.

The ISP does not consider a magazine tube extension to be a detachable magazine insofar as it cannot be loaded outside of the firearm.

The ISP does not consider a magazine tube extension to be a fixed or detachable magazine. However, it is an assault weapon attachment subject to the endorsement affidavit process. The requirement to file an endorsement affidavit for assault weapon attachments is not dependent upon the person also owning an assault weapon.

No.

Endorsement Affidavit Requirements

Yes, an Illinois resident may keep any AR 15 or assault weapon that has been defined as an assault weapon under the new law if the firearm was owned prior to effective date of the law so long as an endorsement affidavit is filed between October 1, 2023, and January 1, 2024.

Yes. All Illinois residents must submit an endorsement affidavit for their AR-type or assault weapons unless exempt. Endorsement affidavits must be completed prior to January 1, 2024.

There is no fee.

The PICA requires the endorsement affidavit to be electronically filed pursuant to 430 ILCS 65/4.1. If additional assistance is needed, however, please visit the ISP FOID kiosks for assistance. You will not be permitted to bring any firearms to the kiosks.

Failing to complete and submit the required endorsement affidavit while in possession of items regulated by PICA after January 1, 2024, is a violation of Illinois law – specifically, the FOID Act and the Criminal Code of 2012 – unless the individual is exempt. The sentencing ranges are set forth in 430 ILCS 65/14 and 720 ILCS 5/24-1(b). Persons who violate these requirements may be arrested and charged.

Law enforcement agencies, including the ISP, are charged with enforcing the Protecting Illinois Communities Act throughout the state. ISP will continue to enforce the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act and Article 24 of the Criminal Code of 2012 by partnering with local law enforcement through our Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force. The task force is a collaborative effort to reduce and prevent illegal possession and use of firearms, firearm related homicides, and other violent crimes. All law enforcement officers will have access to the resources the ISP has made available to the public to ensure they are able to identify items regulated by the Protecting Illinois Communities Act.

You must apply for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card and complete an endorsement affidavit within 60 days of moving to Illinois [See 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9 and 20 Ill. Admin. Code 1230.15] You may complete an endorsement affidavit while your FOID Card application is pending.

If you are denied a FOID card, you can surrender the assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 BMG caliber cartridge to law enforcement for safekeeping while seeking relief from such denial. ISP will propose changes to its rule consistent with this.

A FOID card is not required to complete the endorsement affidavit for an Assault Weapon Attachment only. You may access the Firearms Services Bureau Applicant Portal at https://www.ispfsb.com/Public/Login.aspx and complete the user registration. Once completed, while you are signed into your dashboard you will be able to disclose your Assault Weapon Attachment. Tutorial videos on how to complete the disclosure processes are posted to the Department’s website at https://isp.illinois.gov/Foid/AppInstructions.

Yes, even possession of an assault weapon attachment alone requires the completion of an endorsement affidavit.

A person who has submitted an endorsement affidavit for an assault weapon or .50 caliber rifle that as manufactured has features that if removed would constitute assault weapon attachments is only required to submit an endorsement affidavit for the assault weapon or .50 caliber rifle. If a person has submitted an endorsement affidavit for an assault weapon or .50 caliber rifle that as manufactured has features that if removed would constitute assault weapon attachments and subsequently removes items that separately constitute assault weapon attachments and retains possession, the person shall submit an updated endorsement affidavit. If a person owns multiple assault weapons and/or assault weapon attachments, an endorsement affidavit must be completed for each individual item unless the item has the same exact make and model number. For those items with the same exact make and model number, one endorsement affidavit can be completed with a note added in the description listing the relevant quantity.

No. The endorsement affidavit only applies to assault weapons, assault weapon attachments, .50 caliber rifles, or .50 BMG caliber cartridge devices.

720 ILCS 5/24-1.9(e)(2)(assault weapon ban) and 720 ILCS 5/241.10(e)(2)(large capacity ammunition ban) define “qualified law enforcement officers and qualified retired law enforcement officers” to mean any employee of a governmental agency who—

  1. is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and has statutory powers of arrest or apprehension;
  2. is authorized by the agency to carry a firearm;
  3. is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the agency which could result in suspension or loss of police powers;
  4. meets standards, if any, established by the agency which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm;
  5. is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance; and
  6. is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving a firearm.

An individual or FFL should require proof that the buyer meets these conditions prior to transferring a regulated weapon or large capacity ammunition device.

Proof of eligibility means: a copy of a current or retired employment identification card, a letter from the employing agency on official letterhead, or any similar official instrument used to confirm employment and identity.

Corrections employees (Juvenile Justice or similar jail/detention center) who either are (1) authorized to carry a firearm and have even limited arrest powers or (2) are responsible for maintaining public order or the detention of persons accused or convicted of an offense are exempt from the endorsement affidavit requirement.

However, upon retirement to remain exempt they must prove they are able to maintain the standards for qualification in firearms training for active law enforcement officers. The applicable exemption may be either 1.9(e)(1), (2), or (4).

Even those employees exempt pursuant to 1.9(e)(2) will not likely remain exempt in their retirement (or upon separation from employment) unless they are able to maintain the standards for qualification in firearms training for active law enforcement officers. Accordingly, they must comply with the endorsement affidavit provisions while actively employed in this capacity to ensure compliance with those provisions upon retirement or separation from their employment.

There is no exemption for FFL’s. Persons who are exempt from the endorsement affidavit provisions pursuant to an exemption in 24-1.9(e) are required to file an electronic endorsement affidavit should the circumstances giving rise to the exemption change. The ISP encourages people like corrections officers and law enforcement officers to complete the endorsement affidavit before they separate from their employment. If a person loses their exempt status, the ISP’s online FOID/FCCL system will permit them to file even after January 1, 2024.

Assault weapons

  • used by persons like members of Armed Services or Reserve Forces of the U.S. or Illinois National Guard, armed security at nuclear energy sites, and licensed private security personnel in the performance of their official duties,
  • transported to and from their official duties,
  • secured at home or their place of business, or
  • possessed for the purposes of attending training approved by a licensed Illinois private detective agency or security contractor agency or the military, including travel to and from such training,

are exempt from the endorsement provisions so long as the person possesses a valid firearm control card, where applicable, and valid firearm owner's identification card, for the duration of their employment.

Any person no longer employed by such an agency and not having an active firearm control card, shall file an electronic endorsement affidavit prior to separation from the employment giving rise to the exemption.

Assault weapons used by persons exempt under 720 ILCS 5/24/1.9(e)(5-7) in the performance of their official duties, transported to and from their official duties, secured at home or their place of business, or possessed for the purposes of attending training approved by a licensed Illinois private detective agency or security contractor agency or the military, including travel to and from such training, so long as the person possesses a valid firearm control card, where applicable, and valid firearm owner's identification card, shall be exempt from the endorsement affidavit provisions for the duration of their employment. Any person no longer employed by such an agency and not having an active firearm control card, shall file an electronic endorsement affidavit prior to separation from the employment giving rise to the exemption.

The statute provides that a person's possession of an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 BMG caliber cartridge device may continue after January 1st so long as they provide an endorsement affidavit prior to that date. The statute does not expressly require that assault weapons owned by businesses be endorsed. However, the business may voluntarily submit an endorsement affidavit.

Assault weapons owned by individuals (even if the person owns a business or is licensed as an FFL) are subject to the endorsement affidavit.

Individuals who are FFLs and not exempt pursuant to 1.9(e) must comply with the endorsement affidavit requirements. Businesses that are FFLs may complete the endorsement affidavit for any regulated items still within their inventory.

PICA does not limit who can or cannot file an endorsement affidavit. People under 21 years of age may do so.

The statute regulates the .50 BMG cartridge and is silent on the issue of reloading. The individual will simply indicate the # of cartridges being endorsed.

Buying, Selling, or Transferring Assault Weapons

No. Illinois residents cannot lawfully purchase an AR 15 or assault weapon after January 11, 2023, unless subject to one of the narrow exemptions listed in section 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9(e) within the link above.

After October 1, 2023, the owner must complete the endorsement affidavit and submit it to the Illinois State Police. After January 1, 2024, they may transfer the assault weapon to an heir, an individual residing in another state maintaining it in another state, or a federal firearms licensee.

These items may only be transferred to

  • persons exempt from the assault weapons regulation by subsection 1.9(e) or 1.10(e) of the Act OR
  • an heir, which includes any person or entity who is entitled to receive a distribution pursuant to intestate succession, will, trust, or other method permitted by law upon the death of the owner.

You should still complete the endorsement affidavit.

No, once you transfer an assault weapon, the statute prohibits the assault weapon being transferred back unless the person is subject to an exemption. The ISP rules make clear that if your FOID card is suspended or revoked, to retain ownership, the person should surrender their assault weapon to law enforcement for safekeeping until their card can be reinstated. The ISP is following the plain language of the statute and honor the legislative intent as we understand it.

While there is no statutory requirement in the PICA amendments to the Criminal Code of 2012 that the entity do so, they may request the heir provide proof of inheritance, such as a probate order or small estate affidavit.

The person must obtain or possess a FOID card and complete an endorsement affidavit within 60 days of receiving the item.

Federal Law, Court Decisions, and Injunctions

It isn’t. 18 U.S.C.S. § 926 applies to the Attorney General of the United States and sets forth what “rules and regulations” a federal agency may create to regulate firearms. The authority for the PICA and the endorsement affidavit is based upon a statute passed by the Illinois legislature and is not a “rule or regulation” created by a federal agency. See Nat’l Shooting Sports Found., Inc. v. Jones, 405 U.S. App. D.C. 18, 30 (2013) (citing RSM, Inc. v. Buckles, 254 F.3d 61, 65, 66) (rejecting argument because “Section 923(g)(5)(A) is a statute, not a rule or regulation.”).

If the purchase of a firearm or firearm attachment regulated under PICA was initiated and completed between the date of the Southern District of Illinois’ Order on April 28, 2023, until the stay of such Order by the U.S. Appellate Court on May 4, 2023, the possession of such weapon will be unlawful beginning January 1, 2024, pursuant to 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9(c).

Persons who possess a regulated firearm or firearm attachment are required to complete an endorsement affidavit by January 1, 2024, stating that any regulated firearm or firearm attachments were possessed prior to the enactment of PICA (January 10, 2023) pursuant to 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9(d).

ISP will update this guidance as further court proceedings resolve.

The Illinois Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s judgment in the Macon County and the Protect Illinois Communities Act is enforceable across Illinois.

ISP will comply with any final court orders after the exhaustion of all appeals.

Federally Licensed Firearms Dealers

Yes, as long as they provide proper credentials.

Yes, an FFL can “maintain” their inventory of assault weapons they had as of January 10, 2023, and can sell to exempt customers. Please refer to section 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9 and 1.10.

Federal Firearms Licensees doing business as a sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, or limited liability corporation, that own items subject to the endorsement affidavit provisions of PICA do not need to complete endorsement affidavits for the inventory of their businesses. However, Federal Firearms Licensees, must comply with the endorsement affidavit provisions of PICA for their personal possessions unless the person is eligible for another exemption.

Yes. FFLs can still transfer regulated firearms to out-of-state FFLs and can take possession of regulated firearms for the purposes of transferring to an out-of-state FFL.

No. If an assault weapon was transferred to the FFL, then it cannot be transferred back to the previous owner unless the previously owner is subject to one of the narrow exemptions listed in section 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9. Pawn shops may sell the assault weapons to a person exempt from the purchase provisions of PICA or to an FFL for purposes of transferring out of state. Nothing in PICA regulates the distribution of proceeds from the sale of assault weapon surrendered as collateral.

No, unless the “winner” was identified and a background check initiated by January 10, 2023, a transfer of the weapon is not permitted unless the person to whom it is being transferred is exempt under Section 24-1.9(e).

Locations Where Assault Weapons Can Be Used

After April 10, 2023, an Illinois resident can legally possess the firearm on private property owned or immediately controlled by the person, on private property that is not open to the public with the express permission of the person who owns or immediately controls such property, while on premises of a licensed firearms dealer or gunsmith for lawful repair, at a licensed firing range or sport shooting competition venue, or while traveling to and from these locations.

If the owner of the firearm has properly completed the required endorsement affidavit and is physically present, then another individual can use the regulated firearm at a properly licensed firing range

Hunting with an Assault Weapon

The weapon must be legally possessed, including but not limited to compliance with the FOID Act.

If you are hunting on private property, you must have permission from the landowner, the weapon must be authorized for hunting use under the Wildlife Code, and the hunter must have the appropriate licenses, permits, tags, etc….

If you are hunting on DNR lands, the weapon must be authorized for hunting use under the Wildlife Code, and the hunter must have the appropriate licenses, permits, tags, etc….

If you are hunting on DNR lands, the weapon must be authorized for hunting use under the Wildlife Code, and the hunter must have the appropriate licenses, permits, tags, etc….

The exemption is driven by the plain language of the statute. The exemption is for while the person is engaged in certain exempt activities - like hunting - and while traveling to or from a location authorized for the activity. If the exemption were interpreted more broadly, then the traveling to or from language becomes unnecessary.

If the assault weapon is owned by the person engaged in the exempt activity, possession extends beyond the exemption. They are still permitted to possess the assault weapon, but they need an endorsement affidavit.

Definition of Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device

A magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition for long guns and more than 15 rounds of ammunition for handguns; or any combination of parts from which a device described can be assembled. See 720 ILCS 5/24-1.10(a).

Public Act 102-1116 states a “Large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition for long guns and more than 15 rounds of ammunition for handguns.“ A 15 round magazine without an extension kit is legal.

No, if they have the capacity of more than 10 rounds of any type of ammunition, they meet the definition of a “large capacity ammunition feeding device” and are regulated by PICA. Magazines, unlike firearms, do not have a maximum identified chamber size.

Yes. If, they legally owned it prior to January 11, 2023, and abide by the limitations within the Act as to where it may be possessed. See 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9(d).

Buying, Selling or Transferring Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Devices

No, unless subject to one of the narrow exemptions, purchases are not permitted.

Yes. However, you must transfer it to an authorized person as outlined in the Protect Illinois Communities Act (an heir, an individual residing in another state maintaining it in another state, or a dealer licensed as a federal firearms dealer). Further within 10 days of the transfer (except if transferred to an heir), you must notify the Illinois State Police by using the Person-to-Person transfer portal https://verify.ispfsb.com/Public/Verification.aspx. The person who receives the large capacity ammunition feeding device must, within 60 days of the transfer, notify the Illinois State Police of the person’s acquisition.

Traveling Through Illinois with an Assault Weapon or High-Capacity Magazine

Any nonresident who transports, within 24 hours, a weapon from where they may lawfully possess it to another place, they may lawfully possess it must ensure the weapon is unloaded and neither the weapon nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment during transport. If the vehicle doesn’t have a compartment outside of the driver’s compartment, the weapon or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.

Security of Endorsement Affidavits

The current security measures in place are compliant with – and often exceed -- all FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Data Security Addendum standards. During the 2021 cyber intrusion attempt, the current system itself was not breached. Personal data gained from an earlier IDES breach was exploited to begin limited system access, but no accounts were entered. Since then, additional safeguards were added and protocols were updated to strengthen identity confirmation.


FAQ Table of Changes

If you have questions about compliance with the Protect Illinois Communities Act not answered in the above FAQs or need help submitting an endorsement affidavit, you can email ISP.AskFOIDandCCL@illinois.gov, or visit one of the ISP FOID Kiosks.

Protect Illinois Communities Act Affidavit Process Video



The Illinois State Police held three public hearings on the Protect Illinois Communities Act proposed rule. The hearings were scheduled at the following locations and recorded via WebEx. Notice: The period for submitting witness slips requesting to speak and submit written comments to be read has closed. You may continue to submit comments at mailto:ISP.Legal.PublicComments@illinois.gov in response to the ISP’s proposed rules during first notice. The public comments period ends November 20, 2023.

For more information, click here.

Thursday, November 2, 2023
9:30 a.m., Room D1 of the Stratton Building, 401 Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62704
WebEx Recording -
https://illinois.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/illinois/recording/8026e55e5bb7103cbf5f4ab0b59b8cd0/playback

Friday, November 3, 2023
9:30 a.m., Room C-600 of the Bilandic Building, 160 N. La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60601
WebEx Recording -
https://illinois.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/illinois/recording/0f43d7c65c81103cb4f7e61d5267ed60/playback

Monday, November 6, 2023
9:30 a.m., Caseyville Community Center at Village Hall, 909 South Main Street, Caseyville, IL 62232
WebEx Recording -
https://illinois.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/illinois/recording/8f93ef045ee4103ca75f6a1f215fa8aa/playback

Kiosk Locations and Hours

Northern Illinois
Illinois State Police Troop 3
16648 Broadway St, Lockport, IL 60441
Regular Hours: M-F 7:00 am - 11:30 am & 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Central Illinois Illinois State Police Troop 6
801 S 7th St, Springfield, IL 62703
Regular Hours: M-F 8:30 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Southern Illinois Illinois State Police Troop 8
1100 Eastport Plaza Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234
Regular Hours: M-F 7:00 am – 12:30 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Illinois State Police Troop 10
1391 S Washington St, Du Quoin, IL 62832
Regular Hours: M-F 8:30 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

*Hours are subject to change

- Firearm Owner’s Identification Card Portal - https://www.ispfsb.com/Public/Login.aspx
- Protect Illinois Communities Act - https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/102/PDF/102-1116.pdf