We appreciate the concerns and efforts many have made in advancing Second Amendment rights. Despite those advancements, we still do not believe we can sell ammunition to Chicago residents for the following reasons:
- 430 ILCS 65/13.1. "Preemption" clearly states that it will only preempt any ordinance or regulation enacted on or before the effective date of Public Act 98-63—and that effective date is July 9, 2013. This same Section also states that any ordinance or regulation existing prior to July 9, 2013 is only preempted if it imposes regulations or restrictions on a FOID holder that are "inconsistent" with the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act or the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
- On September 11, 2013, the City of Chicago passed O2013-6015, new legislation designed to continue to curb Second Amendment rights. Because this legislation was passed after July 9, 2013, it is not preempted under 430 ILCS 65/13.1. Moreover, to be preempted, O2013-6015 would have to impose regulations or restrictions on a FOID holder that are "inconsistent" with the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act or the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
- Under O2013-6015, only an ammunition retailer with a weapons dealer license can sell ammunition within Chicago. Please refer specifically to Municipal Code section 8-20-100 (which has been changed from the previous version titled "Permissible sales and transfer of firearms and ammunition" to "Sale or transfer of firearms or ammunition prohibited"). For various reasons, we believe it would jeopardize our privacy and the privacy of our customers to obtain a weapons dealer license from the City of Chicago. Any ammunition retailer who sells ammunition inside Chicago or to a customer located inside Chicago without a weapons dealer permit is subject to a fine of at least $1,000, and/or incarceration for 20-90 days.
We deeply regret that the City of Chicago continues to burden your Second Amendment rights, and burden our ability to meet your ammunition needs, with the threat of jail time. We are currently having outside counsel evaluate alternative ways of supplying ammunition to customers within Chicago that do not involve compromising anyone's privacy or the risk of jail time for our officers.
We will keep this page updated with our latest findings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you may have.