Dear Illinois residents: Do NOT register your “banned” firearms with the Illinois State Police. Do not register your “banned” firearm accessories, .50 caliber firearms and ammunition, or anything else.
The registration period opened Sunday, October 1st and runs until December 31, 2023.
There’s ZERO benefit to registering your guns at this time and lots of reasons not to.
Repeat, do NOT register your stuff and here’s why: There are already plans to move new legislation to “close the existing owner loophole” next year. Pritzker & crew are keeping it under wraps until the registration window closes. That proposed legislation would give those who registered their guns, ammo, and accessories 90 or 120 days to surrender those items to law enforcement, to destroy them or to move them out of the state.
Why else shouldn’t you register?
If your FOID card is suspended or revoked for any reason, you must divest yourself of those “banned” guns, registered or not, and you can never get them back. They must be surrendered to police, destroyed, moved out of state or taken to an FFL to sell to someone out of state. Even clerical errors or expiration of your FOID for any reason (including delayed processing of renewals) would result in you losing all of the most effective self-defense firearms and accessories.
What else would trip this?
An emergency order of protection, even if later determined to be unfounded, vexatious or worse yet, malicious. Or conditions of pre-trial release over low-level crimes like a DUI arrest.
Do NOT register your firearms, folks.
You will have until the last week in December to revisit this decision. Courts may intercede in the meantime. Or you may make other arrangements.