The Illinois State Police today posted the Week 6 Compliance numbers for the so-called “Protect Illinois Communities Act” gun registration scheme.  It’s not pretty.  We are at the half-way point of the three month window for registering banned guns, accessories and ammo.  So far though, gun owners haven’t been impressed with this new requirement.

In fact, 99.9% of all gun owners in the Land of Lincoln have opted not to register a blessed thing.  This, much to Gov. JB Pritzker’s chagrin.

533 additional gun owners did register something this past week.  That leaves 2,412,042 that haven’t registered anything at this point.

Sure, not all of them own the most popular self-defense rifles and shotguns.  But you can pretty much count on the majority owning something on the very long list of prohibited items in the PICA bill.



Governor Pritzker signed the so-called “Protect Illinois Communities Act” on January 10th.  It was supposed to, well, “protect” Illinois communities.

Clearly it’s completely disarmed and neutered gang members in Chicago, right?  Note that Glock Switch on Mr. Friends’ Gat.

Or these aspiring rocket scientists.

Included in the bill is that law-abiding Land o’ Lincoln residents are supposed to register their self-defense firearms during a roughly three-month window from October 1st through December 31, 2023.  Young scholars like those above are exempted from the registration requirement because, well, they’re criminals.


Guns Save Life recommends that FOID holders in Illinois simply decline to participate in this scheme.

There is nothing to gain by registering “naughty” guns at this time and lots of reasons not to.

As of this writing, our state’s gun owners have spoken with their thoughts about registering.  In short, they’re not.  The Illinois State Police have achieved a .1% compliance rate among FOID holders registering their “banned” firearms.  3400 of 2.4 million.

You ask, what are reasons not to register?

First and foremost, what guns you own and where you own them at is none of the state’s business.  Furthermore, the law may be struck down by the courts.

Secondly, if you lose your FOID card for any reason, you must relinquish ownership in all registered items – and you can NEVER get them back.  Even if it’s the state’s fault for not processing a FOID renewal in a timely manner.  Or if it’s the suspension of your FOID card due to a malicious or vexatious preliminary order of protection (including those ex-parte orders where you don’t get due process before a judge signs away your 2A rights.  Yes, even if it’s later ruled to be an unfounded allegation.

Want a third reason?  Governor Pritzker has already strategized about promoting legislation that would “close the existing owner loophole” next year after the registration period ends.  The triggering event for closing this “loophole” and demanding all of the registered guns be turned in within 90 to 120 days would be the first mass casualty incident, especially if it happens in Illinois.  The event in Lewiston, Maine as an example of what would trigger Gov. Pritzker to publicly promote this proposal.

Want another reason?  Yeah, you registered your goose gun.  And your AR-15.  You still can’t use them to hunt geese or coyotes on public lands.  You can’t even legally take them with you to a cabin at a state park, under the terms of the law.  So why register?


So, don’t register your firearms.

You have options.  You can move them out of state and store them with a friend or relative.  You can bury them or lose them in a boating accident.  You could even simply ignore the law’s provisions and keep a low profile.

IF you are inclined to go ahead and register them, and your circumstances don’t change, wait until the last week of December to do so.


10 thoughts on “ISP releases Week 6 Gun Registry Compliance… you’ll be shocked to see the change this past week”
  1. WHY does the audience have to repeatedly correct the author of these articles? How gullible should the audience expect to be treated? Some of us know how these procedures work. This time it’s about pounding sand. The FOID holders aren’t telling Pritzker to pound sand. After the governor signs a bill into law it then goes to an agency. That agency is the ILLINOIS STATE POLICE and that is who people are telling to pound sand. The flat-out refusal to properly place the blame and focus on where it belongs is very telling that the author is either paid off or so soaked in Republican talking points he can’t just say what EVERYONE knows. The ISP is who people don’t trust and by ignoring that and putting out articles they aren’t taking the law seriously makes the audience take the author less seriously. It’s like saying “vaccines” are safe and effective when again, EVERYONE knows someone who has been harmed. It’s essentially gaslighting. The people deserve accurate information. We need GOA in Illinois. Not useless orgs that apologize for those out to harm us, compromise, negotiate rights away, sit down with gun control Reps to write up red flag laws.

    1. Am I missing something here? Say for instance where I must correct the author of the article? FYI, Pritzker can go pound sand.

    2. Pricker is the one who pushed for the law and continues to champion it. ISP has the task of enforcement, whether or not they support it. So, when gun owners do not register, they are telling Pricker to go pound sand.

  2. All of my firearms “identify” as “defense weapons” and have sworn off of, and reject the fallacy of being accused of assault for any purpose, and therefore will not be registered under false pretenses, whether falsely accused or not.

  3. I have a suggestion. With a little wind Behind it, we can ruin their plans. I suggest we wait until the last oh, say, 3 days before the deadline to register and then everyone try to register at the same moment in time. we can coordinate this and the same won’t be any kind of illegal conspiracy? All we do is wait till that particular moment and then say 400000 of us try to register. This will collapse the system and if we do it close enough to the deadline, but not at the immediate deadline will force them to try and fix it. And they won’t be able to fix it in time. Thus creating a due process violation by the state government. They cannot implement a system requiring us to register our firearms and then adopt an electronic process that is imminently and ultimately fallible.

    We are required by law to register electronically. We cannot do so by paper. We cannot do so by stepping into a state police troop barracks. we cannot mail-in a paper copy. we must register online. anyone here remember what happened when former President o’blowme implemented a system of healthcare that radically transformed the united states? They spent a billion dollars on a website and it crashed and crashed and crashed.

    If we tried to register and we’re prevented, then we can’t be made criminals after the fact.

    I suggest that the founders of this organization pick a day and time for us to do this and if any of us happen to have any of these items that will be required to be registered, then let us try to!

    * Anyone with a more intimate knowledge of the operability of the state police’s registry. Please do offer your wisdom as well

    1. I have had a couple of friends suggest that.
      Don’t you think that if it crashed, they would simply say, “that’s all folks” and just end it? That would theoretically be in their favor to cut it off early at the last minute.
      He’s a better idea? What about “registering” anything you could duct tape to a banned gun? You know, like a toilet bowl brush, various kitchen utensils including a Chef’s knife as a bayonet, or a whisk. Or better yet, a fifth of Whiskey.
      Ridicule them. They deserve it.

  4. Count me in as pleased that 99.9% of gun owners have not played along with this charade.
    John, you should set up a pool on what the final percentage of FOID holders is that registers. Down to the hundredth of a percent should do it, because obviously to the nearest percent isn’t gonna get it.
    Have a prize, like a membership or a box of ammo to the winner.

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