Many studies have been done linking firearms and domestic violence. The
statistics show that domestic violence incidents involving a gun are more
likely to result in death, something which may have influenced Illinois’
current laws on the matter. According to the state legislature, anyone
convicted of domestic violence is not allowed to own a gun or have a Firearm
Owner’s Identification (FOID) card.
This law was first enacted in Illinois in 1996 and is commonly referred
to as the “Lautenberg Amendment.” Convicted offenders are
banned from owning any firearms, regardless of the date of their domestic
The state defines domestic violence as any act of bodily harm or physical
provocation by one family member towards another. This can include people
related by blood or marriage and even those who lived together at one
point in time.
What if I was recently convicted and own firearms?
When the court convicts someone of domestic violence, there are several
things that must take place following this decision. The court is responsible
for establishing a specific date and time that the offender must physically
surrender their FOID card and all firearms. If the offender fails to give
up these possessions, more serious penalties may follow.
Losing your ability to own firearms is one of the most upsetting aspects
of a domestic violence conviction. If you have been arrested, or fear
that you may soon be charged, please don’t hesitate to reach out
to my firm. I understand the gravity of domestic violence charges and
can fight to preserve your innocence and the rights you have come to expect.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your case, my firm is prepared
to defend you. Schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Mitch
Furman today to speak with a qualified Chicago domestic violence defense attorney.