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 violence conviction.
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.