I'm a Canadian living in Illinois and also own firearms. I moved from Florida recently and brought my firearms with me.
The foid card application process specifically asks to make sure that individuals are not non immigrant aliens on Visas. As a Canadian and not a green card holder, I'm a non immigrant alien but also not on a Visa... Essentially I fall into this small realm of individuals not on Visas who are also not permanent residents or citizens. This literally only happens for Canadians living in the USA on a full time basis...
I'm afraid the ISP might deny my FOID card. Should I mail clarifications before they deny me? I tried calling and the person who answered could not understand the particularity of my situation - neither could her supervisor. Everytime I buy a gun, it takes the store owner 15 minutes to even agree to run my background check and then the ATF calls and a supervisor at the ATF has to clarify to their own employees that I can purchase and own guns... I bought all my guns at an FFL in Florida.
Does anyone have any recommendations? To dispose of my firearms after being denied a FOID card would make me have to transfer them to an FFL, a police station or a friend. If I transfer to a police or FFL and lose my job while I'm waiting for the appeal, I may never get my firearms back since I would have to move back to Canada and out of the state.. if I transfer to a friend, I make them liable for the transfer and I only know 1 person with a FOID in the state... And I barely know them...
Edit: and yes, I am currently in lawfu possession of my firearms. Illinois law allows newcomers to the state 60 days to get their FOID. I can't buy ammo or buy a new gun, but I can possess them for 60 days without a FOID unless there is another reason for not being allowed to have firearms which there isn't (I'm not a criminal, or I would be deported...).
Edited by MysteryMoogle, 19 March 2018 - 09:56 PM.