Illinois shooters can now buy any fps .177-cal. airguns...no FOID!Public Act 097-0776 has just passed the IL state legislature, and they no longer care how fast your gun goes (as long as it's .18 cal. or smaller). Previously any caliber AG 700 fps or over needed a FOID card. I think .22 cal AG still needs a FOID.-- WOO HOO! I used to live in Illinois.Congratulations on your victory(I mean all Illinois shooters)I still have my old FOID. ---I use my modified daisy buck for cans.(NO more power but a improvised peep /ghostring rear sight and yellow front blade witha Red ryder stock.
It looks to me that all local sporting goods stores (OK, except Dick's, that doesn't have my BlackHawk) are managed by stubborn guys that don't know how to read! Even a specialized gun shop manager read the new law today in front of me three times and did not understand it (or did not want to understand it)... Feel my pain? I just might order from the internet ...
Actually you can legally buy ANY air weapon with a max velocity of 700fps. If the caliber is larger that .18 it cannot exceed 700fps. Smaller than .18 no longer has any speed restrictions. Seems kind of weird though as I cannot legally buy a .22 that shoots at 900fps BUT I can buy a .50 cal that shoots 680fps!! (Dragon Claw) Here is the text from the legislation that defines what a "Firearm" is and is NOT. "Firearm" means any device, by whatever name known, whichis designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the actionof an explosion, expansion of gas or escape of gas; excluding,however: (1) any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, or B-B gun which expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter or which has a maximum muzzle velocity of less than 700 feet per second; The big change is it used to say it could not exceed .18 inch in diameter or exceed 700 feet per second. If it did either it was considered a firearm.Gipper (FOIDLESS in Illinois)
Oops, double post
TJ,So basically if you could figure out how to shoot a bowling ball with an air rifle at 699 fps it would be considered an air rifle. .Taso
TJ,The last wording is that any .177 caliber air rifle will always be considered an air rifle even if it shoots 4000 fps.Any caliber air rifle above .177 and shoots faster than 700 fps is considered a firearm. So basically if you could figure out how to shoot a bowling ball with an air rifle at 699 fps it would be considered an air rifle. A .22 air rifle shooting at 701 fps is considered a firearm.So then comes the interpretations by law enforcement etc. Many municipalities don't allow discharging firearms withing their boundaries. would they charge you with discharging that .22, 701 fps air rifle as a firearm? If you had an ldc on that .22 would it now be considered a firearm with a silencer that falls under NFA laws?It then becomes tricky and up to interpretation by law enforcement. I would err on the side of caution and not put myself in that situation.There is new legislation trying to be passed where all air powered rifles and hand guns are exempt from firearm laws. It is still in the early stages.Taso
Quote from: Taso1000 on April 03, 2018, 11:56:13 PMTJ,So basically if you could figure out how to shoot a bowling ball with an air rifle at 699 fps it would be considered an air rifle. .TasoTaso,Let's get specific with wording here .....you said: "shoot a bowling ball with an air rifle" ..... rather you mean: "shoot a bowling ball with AIR" as long as it is UNDER 700fps, it is OK??I'm getting a bowling ball tomorrow, new project in the works !!!!!!! LOL Kali anastasi!Cheers