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Illinois residents wishing to purchase, possess or use firearms generally must have a Firearm Owner's Identification card. You can download the most current application from the Illinois State Police website here. There are exceptions to this "must have FOID card to touch a gun/ammunition" rule, including one for individuals receiving firearm training instruction from a FOID cardholder, but generally speaking, you need to get one if you don't have one yet.
Your spouse / significant other / kids / grandkids should all have a FOID cards as well, to preclude issues of them borrowing your car with a gun and/or ammuntion inside. Even a single .22 caliber rimfire cartridge rolling around under the seat can spell big trouble for your loved one should they run into the wrong police officer / sheriff's deputy. Need another reason? When they have their own FOID card, they can buy you firearms and ammunition for birthdays and Christmas. (Hint, hint).
Transporting Firearms in Illinois.
Illinois does not have conventional carry of firearms as forty-eight other states do. We have something called "fanny pack carry" which is (please suppress your giggles) the carry of an unloaded, encased firearm by a FOID card holder. Kind of like Barney Fife, but without the single cartridge in the gun.
We told you not to laugh.
Bianchi makes an excellent fanny pack as do several other holster makers. It's not very fashionable, but personal safety is more important than GQ style, at least in the opinion of some of us.
We at Guns Save Life call it "Six Seconds to Safety". Why six seconds? Well, there's some alliteration going on there, and also typically speaking, it takes about six seconds to draw from a fanny pack, load and fire two A-zone hits (that would be the center of the chest of a bad guy for the non-shooters reading this) with your personal protection tool.
Don't take our word for it. Browse the Illinois State Police website's document library. Download the Illinois State Police "Transport Your Gun Legally" flyer. Print it out and put it in your fanny pack or other case where you transport your firearm. (Here it is on our server).
Oh, and Illinois has a number of cities with local restrictions more stringent than the state-level regulations. Check the Illinois State Police website (here) for more information on local ordinances. (Ordinances listed as of January 2009: Ashmore, Aurora, Beecher, Bolingbrook, Calumet Park, Carbondale, Carol Stream, Casey, Channahon, Chicago, Cicero, Crest Hill, Elgin, Evanston, Flossmoor, Grayslake, Hazel Crest, Johnsburg, Loves Park, McHenry, Morton, Mount Prospect, New Lenox, Northbrook, Oak Park, O'Fallon, Orland Park, Peoria, Posen, Riverdale, Schaumburg, Shorewood, Skokie, Sleepy Hollow, Village of Mokena, Wheaton, Wilmette, Woodridge.)