Illinois has stronger gun laws than the majority of the country, earning an A- in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Recently, the state enacted an important law that allows family members and law enforcement officers to temporarily disarm at-risk individuals. In 2017, Illinois had the 20th-lowest gun death rate in the country and imported crime guns from other states at the third-highest rate in the country. To save lives from gun violence, lawmakers could strengthen the state’s licensing requirement and increase funding to community violence intervention programs.

  • Firearm purchaser licensing (includes background check)

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Extreme risk protection order law

  • Waiting period

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Child access prevention law

  • Firearm registration

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition