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Changing Residency, FOID and Out-of-State Considerations


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Hi all,

 

I have a couple of questions that I haven't been able to answer by looking online. I am moving to California for a year and will be leaving my firearms with family members (who have valid FOIDs). Obviously, I won't be able to take certain firearms to California and wish to keep them in Illinois. Does my FOID become invalid if I live outside of Illinois for around a year? Do I have to notify someone about the residency change? Is it possible to keep my FOID valid when I am away for that period? Can I store them with family members who possess a FOID? Thanks in advance!

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IANAL

If you get a CA DL, you turn in your IL DL then I believe they will notify IL who may then revoke your FOID.

 

You do not need to notify anyone but the CA DL may trigger items as mentioned above.

 

I believe FOID stays valid as long as you are an IL resident...but again the CA DL thing.

 

They are your firearms. Storing them here with somene with a FOID should not be a problem I don't think regardless of whether you are a non resident without a FOID.

 

Now for those more knowledgable to chip in...

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I love typing this: IANAL either

 

But as devils advocate, what if?

 

YOU leave them here with valid FOID card holders, BUT they are yours.

You get a CA DL and then forfeit the FOID as a non resident to Illinois.

IF anything comes up while you are gone, those holding your guns couldn’t say “well they belong to Mr. Smith who’s living in California!

 

Just do yourself a favor and transfer them paper work wise to whom ever you wish to have them.

You must trust them so it shouldn’t be a issue getting them back, right?

 

Then when you come back and get a FOID card again as a resident of Illinois, you can legally get those firearms transferred back to you it’s out and POSSIBLE headaches.

 

Seems like a lot for just 1 year.

But being seated vs taking a chance with the state of affairs in Illinois.....I’d transfer!

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I love typing this: IANAL either

 

But as devils advocate, what if?

 

YOU leave them here with valid FOID card holders, BUT they are yours.

You get a CA DL and then forfeit the FOID as a non resident to Illinois.

IF anything comes up while you are gone, those holding your guns couldn’t say “well they belong to Mr. Smith who’s living in California!

 

Just do yourself a favor and transfer them paper work wise to whom ever you wish to have them.

You must trust them so it shouldn’t be a issue getting them back, right?

 

Then when you come back and get a FOID card again as a resident of Illinois, you can legally get those firearms transferred back to you it’s out and POSSIBLE headaches.

 

Seems like a lot for just 1 year.

But being seated vs taking a chance with the state of affairs in Illinois.....I’d transfer!

I'm not seeing the problem with that - the part about explaining that the firearms belong to someone else who is out of state. If they are Illinois residents with valid FOID Cards they can possess firearms in Illinois that are not theirs.

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If you have an IL FCCL I would keep your IL DL so you don't have to go through the process and cost of getting a new FCCL when you return in a year.

 

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He never mentions a CCL just the FOID which he has and the people who will hold the firearms have a FOID card also.

I’m also confused about something, in reading the laws, one has 30 days to make the switch.

The change of address to California would also trigger a need to get a state ID or/ license if you intend to drive.

Vehicle must be registered in California.

 

A quick google search brings all this info to the forefront.

 

We need to start holding true to one of the gun owners mottos to the world, “we are law abiding citizens”

Just get the license and get another FOID when you get back, it’s painless and worth the cost to avoid any hassle!

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He never mentions a CCL just the FOID which he has and the people who will hold the firearms have a FOID card also.

Im also confused about something, in reading the laws, one has 30 days to make the switch.

The change of address to California would also trigger a need to get a state ID or/ license if you intend to drive.

Vehicle must be registered in California.

 

A quick google search brings all this info to the forefront.

 

We need to start holding true to one of the gun owners mottos to the world, we are law abiding citizens

Just get the license and get another FOID when you get back, its painless and worth the cost to avoid any hassle!

California doesn't allow cars with out of state plates to be driven on their roads, or people licensed to drive by another state to drive in California?

 

I don't think that can be true.

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I thought most states gave 2 to 6 months for getting a license if changing residency. And what defines residency? Would be surprised if out of state students are required to get a new DL.
Actually college students frequently get screwed with over this exact thing. Cop sees someone driving with out of state tags, OK, find probable cause to stop vehicle. Ask for DL while asking "What do you do?" and student replies "I'm a college student." Cue the "I see you have a license from (state of residency). Why don't you have a (insert state here) license? Why haven't you established residency?" and subsequent grilling. I could see cops using that to develop RS for continued detention.

 

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There's a very...ahem, "prestigious" college where I live that has...ahem, "students" (I can smell them before I see them, I'm not kidding) from all around the country (rich white kids ashamed of themselves aka leftists) and I got to talking to a couple of them as I get coffee at a local place known for employing the ones who bathe and aren't completely off their rocker. I heard from multiple students how they were being stopped for having California tags, New York tags, etc, and getting messed with about residency. I don't want them changing their residency to here and then packing my city council and county board with flaming liberals (too late) so I'm VERY sympathetic to their "plight." Do your four (or five, in many cases) years and go back to your home state. Already have enough problems here, don't need you people here making my life even more difficult.

 

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He never mentions a CCL just the FOID which he has and the people who will hold the firearms have a FOID card also.

Im also confused about something, in reading the laws, one has 30 days to make the switch.

The change of address to California would also trigger a need to get a state ID or/ license if you intend to drive.

Vehicle must be registered in California.

 

A quick google search brings all this info to the forefront.

 

We need to start holding true to one of the gun owners mottos to the world, we are law abiding citizens

Just get the license and get another FOID when you get back, its painless and worth the cost to avoid any hassle!

California doesn't allow cars with out of state plates to be driven on their roads, or people licensed to drive by another state to drive in California?

 

I don't think that can be true.

 

The Drivers License Compact says it isn't true. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
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One of the major worries I had was if an AWB gets passed at the state level when I am gone, which complicates the transfer when I am back in the state. I don't know if this is an irrational fear, but I don't want to be left high and dry.
Do you have friends in any of the other pro-2A states between Illinois and California that would be willing to "hold" your firearms? Play it safe and avoid Colorado and Nevada. It might be smart to avoid New Mexico, too.

 

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Unfortunately I don't know anyone out West in a state other than California....I really wish this was less complicated

It really isn't complicated.

 

If you keep your Illinois residency you can keep your FOID card. Ask yourself where you file taxes, what state issued your driver's license, etc to define this.

 

Either way, it's OK to leave your guns with Illinois residents who have a valid FOID card.

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