How to Sell a Gun in Illinois

A comprehensive guide

To legally sell a firearm in Illinois, it's essential to be well-versed in both state and federal laws to guarantee a lawful and seamless sale. This knowledge is vital whether you've been a firearm owner for years or have newly acquired a gun through inheritance. Understanding your legal responsibilities and available options is key to ensuring a compliant transaction.

Options for Selling a Gun in Illinois

There are numerous options available when considering the sale of firearms in the state of Illinois.

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Sell your gun to a local dealer

Sell to a Local Dealer

Licensed dealers can handle all aspects of the sale, ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws.

Sell your gun through a private collection

Sell Through a Private Transaction

Direct sales to another individual are permitted, but come with specific legal responsibilities, both for the state of Illinois and federally.

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State Laws for Selling a Gun in Illinois

This article aims to simplify and compile the various legal requirements set by numerous Illinois statutes for private individuals selling guns, navigating through the intricate network of regulations.

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Illinois ID Requirements

Identification Requirements

Illinois residents must possess a valid FOID (Firearm Owner's Identification) Card to acquire or possess firearms, ammunition, tasers, or stun guns within the state, while non-residents cannot obtain a FOID Card.

For private firearm sales, the seller must verify the buyer's valid FOID card via the Illinois State Police website. This is done by selecting "Firearm," then "Firearm Owner Identification (FOID Card)," followed by "FOID Person to Person Firearm Transfer." The seller inputs the buyer's FOID and birth date for validation. The website then provides an “Approval Number,” which must be included on the sale documentation. This paperwork should be retained for at least 10 years, though keeping it indefinitely is advisable.

More information can be found at Illinois State Police - FOID.

Illinois Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods

Pursuant to Illinois law, 720 ILCS 5/24-3 a 72-hour waiting period is generally mandated before a firearm can be delivered to a purchaser. This waiting period starts when the buyer and seller agree to the firearm purchase, which constitutes the "application" for purchase.

Age Requirements in Illinois

Age requirements

In Illinois, with limited exceptions, the age requirement to purchase all types of firearms is 21.

Background Checks in Illinois

Background Checks in Private Sales

In Illinois, unlicensed gun sellers are typically required to use a State Police-maintained Internet portal for verifying the validity of a purchaser or transferee's FOID Card. However, if the sale is conducted through a licensed gun dealer, or at a gun show by a vendor or promoter, it is their responsibility to conduct the necessary background check instead.

In most practical cases, private sellers who are not up to date on current state legislation should utilize an FFL to handle transfers to stay compliant.

Ineligible Persons in Illinois

Ineligible Persons

Per the Illinois State Police you must met the following criteria to be eligble to purchase a firearm.

  • Not been convicted of any Felony under the laws of this or any other jurisdiction.
  • Not been adjudicated as a mental defective.
  • Not been a patient in a mental institution or any part of a medical facility for the treatment of mental illness within the past 5 years.
  • Not intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled
  • Not within the past year (preceding the date of this application) used or been addicted to any controlled substance or narcotics in violation of state or federal law.
  • Not subject of an existing Order of Protection or a No Contact/No Stalking Order.
  • Not within the past 5 years been convicted of battery, assault, aggravated assault, violation of an order of protection, or a substantially similar offense in which a firearm was used or possessed.
  • Not been convicted of domestic battery (felony or misdemeanor), aggravated domestic battery or a substantially similar offense.
  • Not been adjudicated by a court as a mental defective or ordered by a court, board or authorized entity to in-patient or out-patient mental health treatment.
  • Not an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States.
  • Not within the past year failed a drug test for a drug for which I did not have a prescription.
  • Not been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • Never renounced my citizenship as a citizen of the United States.
  • Never been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
  • Not a fugitive from justice.

Illinois Residents Must Follow Federal Laws for Private Transactions

Federal law requires that the buyer of a firearm must be legally eligible to own a gun.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provides guidelines for these transactions.

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Selling Your Gun — Our Process

The first step is to create an account.

From there you can individually submit the firearms in your collection. This process includes answering a few short questions about each firearm in your collection and uploading a couple photos. We will send you an official offer on your firearms within 24 business hours. You will then have two weeks to decide if our offers are right for you! If you accept our offers, will provide you with a series of pre-paid shipping labels, which you can use to ship us your gun collection. Once received, we will notify you that you're ready for payment. We will then send you a paper check or ACH direct deposit (your choice). The entire process can take about a week from start to finish. Imagine having your entire collection sold and cash in hand in a week!

Sell Your Handgun Step 1
Tell Us About Your Gun
Fill out a short form and upload a few photos to help us identify your firearms and their condition. We will be in touch with you throughout the entire process.
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We Verify the Make & Models of All Firearms
We review your information and images to assess the condition of your firearms and determine a fair market value.
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We Make You an Offer
We will present you with an offer for sale. If you accept the offer, we will provide you with a shipping label and we pay for shipping!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this legal?

    Yes. We are a federally licensed firearms dealer located in the state of Indiana. You, the seller, are covered under our license just as you would be if you walked into our store. There are no laws preventing you from selling your firearm to us.

  • How long are offers good for?

    Offers are valid for 14 days.

  • Can I sell multiple firearms?

    Absolutely! Once firearm information has been submitted, you will have the ability to submit additional firearms for review and offers. These firearms will be viewable from your user panel, which you access from your initial offer email.

  • How do I get paid?

    We will either send you a check, or we will issue the funds via a secure ACH direct deposit. During the offer approval process, you will tell us which method of payment you prefer.


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