Purchasing from a Dealer
When you purchase a pistol from a dealer, you would need to ensure that you have your FOID card and your Illinois Driver’s License or State ID card. You must show your FOID card in order to purchase or handle a pistol at a store.
Illinois law requires a 24 our waiting period for long guns and 72 hours for handguns. These waiting periods are held to the minute, so if your purchase receipt says the release time is May 10, 2016 at 4:15 PM, you must wait until that time.
Federal Laws require that a BAFTE form 4473 for each sale made to a person who does not have a Federal Firearms License (FFL). This form contains information about the person who is buying a firearm, the Driver’s License number and expiration date, the FOID number and expiration date, and the description of the firearms(s) being purchased. In addition, GAT Guns requires that you fill out a “Hold Harmless Agreement.” The whole process requires about 15-20 minutes of your time, so before you buy a pistol, you may want to grab a coffee.
Depending on the store, you may also receive a brief demonstration of the operation of the firearm.
**When you purchase a pistol, make sure to keep the receipt for at least 10 years.