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Can a FOID Card Be Suspended in Illinois?

Posted on behalf of Edward J. Donahue Law, P.C. | May 17, 2024

The right to bear arms is constitutionally protected in every state. However, each state also makes its own laws regulating the ownership and use of firearms. Illinois law requires gun owners to have a valid firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card, which informs law enforcement and others that they are legally licensed to possess firearms and ammunition.

However, once you have acquired this document, many circumstances can lead to its suspension or revocation. If your FOID card has been suspended, consulting with an experienced Illinois attorney can help you understand your rights and options.

Reasons Your FOID Card Might Be Suspended

There are several reasons why the Illinois State Police might suspend your FOID card. Some common reasons include:

  • Being convicted of a felony
  • Being the subject of an order of protection
  • Violating any of the eligibility requirements for obtaining a FOID card
  • Being deemed a clear and present danger to yourself or others

If your FOID card is suspended, you will receive a notice in the mail informing you of the suspension and the reasons behind it. The notice will also provide instructions on how to appeal the decision if you believe it was made in error.

Consequences of Carrying a Firearm with a Suspended FOID Card

You could face serious legal consequences if you are caught carrying a firearm with a suspended FOID card. This is considered a violation of Illinois law and could result in criminal charges, fines, and even potential jail time.

Once you receive a notice of suspension, you have 48 hours to surrender your FOID card to local law enforcement, who will then send it to the Illinois State Police to be destroyed. You must also fill out a Firearm Disposition Record detailing your firearms’ makes, models, and serial numbers, where they will be located during the suspension period, and whether they will be transferred to another person.

Failing to comply with these requirements after your FOID card has been suspended can compound your legal troubles and lead to even harsher penalties.

How to Get Your FOID Card Reinstated

If your FOID card has been suspended, you may be able to get it reinstated depending on the circumstances that led to the suspension. The process for reinstatement will vary based on the specific reason for the suspension.

In some cases, you may need to provide evidence that the issue that led to the suspension has been resolved. For example, if your card was suspended due to an order of protection, you must show that the order has been lifted.

In other situations, you may need to go through a formal appeal process to challenge the suspension. This could involve a hearing before an administrative law judge, where you present your case for lifting the suspension.

Contact an Experienced License Reinstatement Attorney

A suspended FOID card can be a source of immense frustration. However, it is important to remember that you have options. Working with an experienced license reinstatement attorney can help optimize the process of regaining your right to carry a firearm. The team at Edward J. Donahue Law, P.C., has the experience and skills to help you overcome these legal hurdles. Contact us for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you.

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