Registration is coming in a week. The window to register closes at the end of the year.
You have a lot of options here. IF you do decide to register, wait until mid-December to see if the courts shut it down.
As Todd Vandermyde predicted, they are BAD.
If you lose your FOID for any reason, even a temporary suspension or an ex-parte order of protection, you must surrender all of your banned firearms, all of your banned magazines, gun parts that fit on banned firearms (“accessories”) and any .50 caliber stuff you have – to include ammo. This includes “condition of pre-trial release” for something akin to a DUI.
It’s a CONFISCATION mechanism.
Some of those exempted are exempted ONLY while performing official duties. Take it home afterwards? It must be registered and treated accordingly (as in unloaded, encased and empty mags unloaded and encased… like that’s gonna happen.)
The following persons are not required to complete an electronic
endorsement affidavit to possess an assault weapon, assault
weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle, or .50 caliber cartridge while
the person is performing official duties:
i) Armed security personnel in this State at a nuclear energy,
storage, weapons, or development site or facility regulated
by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission;
ii) Private security personnel licensed under the Private
Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint
Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004; and
iii) Members of the Armed Services or Reserve Forces of the
United States or the Illinois National Guard, who are also
exempt while traveling to or from their places of duty.
However, these persons must complete an electronic endorsement
affidavit if their possession of these items extends beyond the
performance of their official duties. (See 720 ILCS 5/24 1.9(e)).
You narrow few exceptions, you MUST transfer to a dealer to sell out of state, or to someone out of state. You cannot get the stuff back.
There’s all manner of constitutional problems with this, obviously. And yes, we need to rattle JCAR with public comments.
Freedom week stuff can’t be “registered.” Neither can TRO purchases.
People must also attest that they are “registering” their stuff “voluntarily.” But it’s NOT voluntary. It’s done under penalty of law for failing to do it. I think that may be the reason I simply refuse. I will not attest that I’m doing something voluntarily when it’s being done under duress.
Epic loophole: If you move into IL you can register anything regardless of when acquired. I can see this as the “out” for some people who lose their stuff because of a “suspension.”
This whole thing is ripe for lawsuits.