Well, a little while ago I had the misfortune of misplacing my wallet somewhere on this earth. Along with my drivers license, credit cards and other junk I kept in my wallet...I also lost my Illinois FOID card. So what does it mean when you loose your FOID card? A lot!
Essentially, by law...I could be considered "non-compliant" which can put me in some trouble. As stated in the document "Illinois Gun Laws...Common Questions & Answers To Illinois Gun Statutes" which is provided by the Illinois State Police...
"Unless specifically exempted by statute, any Illinois resident who acquires or possesses firearms or firearm ammunition within the state must have in their possession a currently valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card issued in his or her name."
So according to the law, I was "non-compliant" and I knew I had to get this situation taken care of promptly. I visited my favorite gun store "10-8 Outfitters" in Bloomington and they gladly helped me get back on track. I was informed that a lost FOID card is treated as a stolen FOID card. With that said, I had to re-apply and fill out a new application. I was told that turn around on FOID cards was currently 50 days or more! I also mentioned my concern of currently being non-compliant and they strongly suggested that I call the Illinois State Police and inform them of my situation. Since it is currently the weekend I will have to make that phone call on Monday due to their hours of operation.
Now...what was I supposed to do with my firearms for the next 50 plus days? A couple of gun owners suggested that, in order to be safe, I should store my firearms with a friend that currently holds a FOID card. Unfortunately they were correct but since my wife is a FOID card holder that wasn't necessary.
Bottom line...don't loose that FOID card!
Lets take a look at the steps again:
Welcome to Illinois!