New Laws Restrict Private Gun Sales in 2014

Dec 30, 2013

The concealed carry system isn't the only new gun law in Illinois for 2014. As Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey reports, there are new restrictions on how private citizens can sell firearms.

Peer-to-peer gun sales are going to get somewhat more cumbersome. As Illinois State Police Colonel Marc Maton explains, the seller has to check on the status of the buyer's Firearm Owners' Identification, or FOID card.

"Any person who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer, and who is planning to sell a firearm to a person who is also not a federally licensed firearms dealer, must contact the Illinois State Police with the purchasers's FOID card, and determine the validity of the FOID card before selling or transferring the firearm."

The law also imposes a waiting period on private gun sales: one day for a rifle or shotgun; three days for a handgun. And gun owners are now required to report lost or stolen firearms to police.The new law is effective as of January 1st.