Safe Storage, Gun Lock Requirements & Laws

Safe Storage/Gun Lock Requirements
Illinois Gun Laws
Federal Law
Quick Facts!
Safe Storage/Gun Lock Requirements

  • Illinois prohibits firearms dealers from selling or offering for sale a handgun unless the dealer includes a device/mechanism, other than the firearm safety, created to render the handgun temporarily inoperable/inaccessible.
  • This may include an external device that is attached to the handgun with a key or combination lock
  • Or an integrated mechanical safety, disabling or locking device
  • These requirements do not apply to sales by private sellers.


Illinois Gun Laws

  • Illinois has stronger gun laws than the majority of the country
  • 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 state at the third-highest rate in the country.
  • To help save lives from gun violence, lawmakers could strengthen the state’s licensing requirement (including a background check) and increase funding to community violence intervention programs.
  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting
  • Waiting Period
  • Child access prevention law
  • Standard handgun safety design



Federal Law

  • It is unlawful for any licensed importer, manufacturer or dealer to sell or transfer any handgun unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device.
    • The law includes various exceptions, including transfers to other federal firearms licensees, law enforcement officers, and federal, state or local agencies.
    • The legislation does not apply to transfers by private sellers. and does not require that transferees use the device.
    • There are no current federal standards for locking devices.
    • January 16, 2013, President Obama signed a series of executive orders to address gun violence and school safety in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre in December 2012.
    • On of the orders calls for the Consumer Product Safety Commision to review the effectiveness of gun locks and gun safes.
    • Including existing coluntary industry standards, and take steps that may be warranted to improve those standards.
    • A statement by President Obama: “We also need to make sure that gun locks and gun safes work as intended. Several gun lock have been subject to recall due to their failure to function properly; that is not acceptable.”

Sources: The White House, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence (Jan. 16, 2013):

Quick Facts!

  • On average, someone is killed with a gun every 6 hours in Illinois.

  • 1,363 deaths per year

  • 36th highest gun death rate

  • 10.6 gun deaths per 100K residents.

10 Important Firearm Safety Device Tips:

Laws concerning firearms ownership,  storage and handling vary among states and local jurisdictions. Learn and comply with your state and local laws and those of any jurisdiction to which you plan to transport or use firearms.

  • 1. All Firearms should always be assumed to be loaded and should be handled as such.
  • 2. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
  • 3. Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety”.
  • 4. Keep firearms pointed in a safe direction at all times, even when unloaded.
  • 5. Store firearms unloaded, locked, and in an out-of-sight location out of the reach of children.
  • 6. Store ammunition separately under lock and key.
  • 7. Store your gun lock key in a place separate from the gun out of the reach of any unauthorized users.
  • 8. Gun locks are not a substitute for safe firearm handling and storage.
  • 9. Safety and safe firearms handling are everyone’s responsibility.
  • 10. Teach children basic principles of firearm safety. When encountering a gun: Do not touch it! Tell and adult!

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