Last updated on October 1st, 2023
It isn’t unusual for a gun store or online dealer to block the sale of ammunition to an Illinois resident. This is mostly done from the fear and ignorance of the dealer. Illinois law specifically allows Illinois residents to buy ammunition from any state.
(b-5) Any resident may purchase ammunition from a person within or outside of Illinois if shipment is by United States mail or by a private express carrier authorized by federal law to ship ammunition. Any resident purchasing ammunition within or outside the State of Illinois must provide the seller with a copy of his or her valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card or valid concealed carry license and either his or her Illinois driver’s license or Illinois State Identification Card prior to the shipment of the ammunition. The ammunition may be shipped only to an address on either of those 2 documents.(430 ILCS 65/3) (from Ch. 38, par. 83-3)
Layman Translation: Specifically from the Firearm Owner Identification Card Act, anyone with a FOID can buy ammunition from any state so long as they provide a copy of their FOID card or Concealed Carry license, and that ammunition is sent to the address on the FOID card or Concealed Carry License.
I have often asked dealers to show me “the law” they claim prohibits them from selling, and they can not. However, we must also understand that often the internet dealer may be a drop shipper and is bound by the policies of their distributor. When ever a dealer refuses to sell you ammunition, show them this article.
Laws can and do change frequently. We’ll do our best to keep this article up to date, but you should check the FOID act yourself to verify the validity of this information. This information is not to be considered legal advice.