(GSL) – Effective January 1, 2024, those wishing to complete a private sale of a firearm in Illinois no longer have to go to a federally licensed gun dealer to complete the transaction. Instead of going to a gun shop, private parties can now use the Illinois State Police Firearm Services Bureau website to enter the required data.

While it has been rumored that the ISP Firearm Services Bureau website’s private gun transfer webpage satisfied ISP rules, we still wanted to see that in writing, preferably more than once before we passed this along under the GSL banner.  Well, thanks to Nate (last name withheld) we now have it in writing. Twice.

430 ILCS 65/3 (a-10)
Notwithstanding item (2) of subsection (a) of this Section, any person who is not a federally licensed firearm dealer and who desires to transfer or sell a firearm or firearms to any person who is not a federally licensed firearm dealer shall, before selling or transferring the firearms, contact a federal firearm license dealer under paragraph (1) of subsection (a-15) of this Section to conduct the transfer or the Illinois Department of State Police with the transferee’s or purchaser’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Card number to determine the validity of the transferee’s or purchaser’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Card under State and federal law including the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. This subsection shall not be effective until January 1, 2024.

[Emphasis added.]

So you can either go through a dealer, pay the $25 and jump through all those hoops, or you can sit in front of your computer all cozy and warm with a cup of hot chocolate or other beverage of your choice and do it at home.

You’ll need that info from the FOID cards and the make, model, serial and a couple of other details about the gun.  Don’t expect an instant approval.  In my (albeit limited) experience, there may be a delay.  I suspect a real person is “handling” the query.

Furthermore, when contacted via email, the ISP Firearm Services Bureau affirms that is correct.

We’re confident enough in this information that I plan to do this for our Great Guns drawing gun that we give away in June.  It’s currently in my name in the Great Gun Registry at ISP.

5 thoughts on “ISP rules now allow private transfers to be completed without going to a dealer for those who use the online Firearm Transfer portal”
  1. … Or ship to an FFL in further reaches of the state? I’d likely prefer the paper trail sit with a dealer so the jackboots would have to go search for the record, rather than hand it to them on a silver platter.

  2. How nice of them. You wanna know what else is nice of them? Pay attention to how many times you are cruising down the interstate on your phone, turn a corner and there’s a trooper in the other lane and you freak out thinking you’ll get a “distracted driver” citation. As it turns out many times, they didn’t even see you because they are flying 80mph with their eyes GLUED to their phones not even watching the road. Cops don’t care about distracted driving. They care about the power trip and entertainment thereof to write you peasants a citation. That is, if they see you. They are EXEMPT from the phone while driving law and flaunt it freely! Like who’s gonna stop me? hahahah
    Police: Why don’t people respect us?
    People: Look in the mirror useless mother fucker.

  3. So what if the two Illannoy residents traveled to a non-Communist state and performed the sales transaction? You can’t be violating an Illannoy law if you’re not in Illannoy.
    Also, if the weapon were originally purchased before any of these laws went into effect, write up a bill of sale and put a date on it that’s before the laws.
    FJB Prickster.

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