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Can I Own a Gun After a Felony Conviction in Illinois?

shutterstock_1668328987.jpgFor any individual to legally own a gun or ammunition in Illinois, the state requires that they obtain a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card. While the actual process of applying for a FOID card is simple, if you have a criminal record that includes a felony conviction, you face additional challenges. At Williams & Nickl, LLC, we can help you understand the requirements of qualifying for a FOID card with a felony conviction and work to restore your gun ownership rights

Impacts of a Felony Conviction on Gun Ownership in Illinois

With a complete application, a copy of your driver’s license, a recent picture, and a $10 fee, most Illinois residents over the age of 21 can receive a FOID card. While other factors may prevent individuals from obtaining their FOID card, including a history of mental health problems or substance abuse concerns, a felony conviction can have the most lasting impact on your application. Once you are convicted of a felony, you automatically lose your ability to have or obtain a FOID card. In order to restore your eligibility, you must demonstrate to the State Police Director or a county court judge that you meet the following criteria:

  • No violent or forcible felony convictions in the last 20 years

  • It has been more than 20 years since your incarceration for a conviction for a violent or forcible felony

  • The restoration of your gun rights is not contradictory to public interests

  • It is unlikely that you will present a danger to the general public

  • The restoration of your gun rights will not violate any federal firearms laws. This item can be the most difficult since there are federal laws that prohibit gun ownership for anyone convicted of domestic violence or convictions for crimes that are punishable by at least one year in jail. 

Work With an Illinois FOID Card Denial Attorney

Given the potential difficulties in obtaining or re-obtaining your Firearm Owner Identification card after a felony conviction, it is essential that you work with a law firm that has the experience to handle your case and knowledge of the application process. At Williams & Nickl, LLC, we can explore all options and appeal the decision if we feel you may still be able to qualify. Our Chicago FOID Card Reinstatement Attorneys are ready to help you at every step of the process. Call us today at 312-335-9470 or contact us by email to schedule your free initial consultation. 




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