Controversial firearms ban law requires owners to submit affidavit by Jan. 1

Last week, the Illinois State Police released rules to implement part of the state’s new firearms ban law. While the new law bans a variety of so-called “assault” rifles, it allows owners of those firearms to lawfully keep possession as long as they submit an endorsement affidavit through their Firearm Owner’s Identification Card account before January 1, 2024, affirming they owned the firearm(s) prior to January 10, 2023—the date in which the law took effect.

Under the controversial law, which continues to be the subject of lawsuits making their way through the federal court system, affidavits must include the applicant’s FOID card number and the make, model, caliber, and serial number of each firearm.

The Illinois State Police says it will begin accepting affidavits online starting October 1, and they must be submitted online through a FOID Card account, which can be accessed through ISP’s Firearms Services Bureau website or by going directly to

State Senator Sue Rezin voted against the measure to ban firearms and believes it violates the United States Constitution and is a major infringement on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.

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