Retention of Sales & Background Check Records in Illinois

Illinois law requires all sellers of firearms to retain firearm sales records for a minimum of 10 years.1

Sellers of handguns, other than manufacturers selling to bona fide wholesalers or retailers, or wholesalers selling to a bona fide retailer, are also required to keep a register of all firearms sold or given away.2 The register must contain the date of the sale or gift, the name, address, age and occupation of the person to whom the gun was sold or given, the price of the gun, the kind, description and number of the weapon, and the purpose for which it was obtained.3 Such sellers are required to produce the register for inspection, upon the demand of a peace officer, and allow the officer to inspect the register and all stock on hand.4

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Notes
  1. 430 Ill. Comp. Stat. 65/3(b). ⤴︎
  2. 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/24-4(a). ⤴︎
  3. 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/24-4(b). ⤴︎
  4. 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/24-4(c). ⤴︎

Retention of Sales & Background Check Records in Louisiana

Louisiana has no laws requiring the retention of sales or background check records by firearm sellers generally, or requiring the reporting of sales of firearms to a state or local agency. However, dealers in short barreled shotguns and rifles, shotguns or rifles modified to have an overall length of less than 26 inches, concealable firearms with obliterated serial numbers, machine guns, and firearm mufflers or silencers, must keep records of transactions in these firearms as required by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.1

See our Retention of Firearm Sales and Background Check Records policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. La. Rev. Stat. §§ 40:1781, 40:1789. ⤴︎

Retention of Sales & Background Check Records in Maine

Under Maine law, a dealer may not “[s]ell, let or loan a firearm to a person without making a copy of the form a dealer must keep as prescribed by” federal law.1 The copy must be made and marked as “STATE COPY” before the firearm is delivered to the transferee, and must be made available for inspection by any sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer, constable, game warden or prosecuting attorney.2

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Notes
  1. Me. Stat., 15 § 455(1) (referring to 18 U.S.C. § 923). ⤴︎
  2. Id. ⤴︎

Retention of Sales & Background Check Records in Maryland

Maryland requires that licensed dealers forward information of a completed transaction involving the transfer of a “regulated firearm” (handguns and assault weapons)1 to the Secretary of the Maryland State Police (“Secretary”) within seven days following the delivery of a regulated firearm.2 The Secretary must maintain a permanent record of all such notifications.3

Private sellers of regulated firearms (those sellers that are not licensed) must also forward completed transaction information to the Secretary within seven days after a regulated firearm transfer.4 The Secretary shall maintain permanent records of these notifications as well.5 See the Maryland Private Sales summary for additional information on Private Sales.

Maryland requires that dealers transacting in regulated firearms keep for at least three years copies of applications to purchase or transfer such firearms.6

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Notes
  1. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-101(r). ⤴︎
  2. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-123(d)(1). ⤴︎
  3. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-123(d)(2). ⤴︎
  4. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-124(e)(1). ⤴︎
  5. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-124(e)(2). ⤴︎
  6. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-120(b), Md. Code Regs. 29.03.01.09(D). ⤴︎