Protect Illinois Communities Act

Protect Illinois Communities Act (PICA)

On January 10, 2023, the PICA was signed into law and went into effect immediately. The Act regulates assault weapons and other devices. Individuals who possessed assault weapons and other devices listed in the Act before it took effect must submit an endorsement affidavit through their Firearm Owner’s Identification Card account by January 1, 2024.

What items require registration?

Registration is required for items delineated in the Act, including:

  • Assault Weapons;
  • Assault Weapon Attachments;
  • .50 Caliber Rifles;
  • .50 BMG Caliber Cartridges

The PICA definition of “assault weapon” is very broad and includes certain firearms, firearms with parts or combination of parts designed or intended to operate as an assault weapon as defined in the Act. For more information on the items that require registration, please refer to 720 ILCS 5/24-1.9(a)(1) and visit the Illinois State Police website where you will find their assault weapons identification guide (also available below), as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

How do I file an endorsement affidavit?

To fill out an endorsement affidavit, go here.

You may also visit the Illinois State Police kiosk located at 16648 Broadway Street, Lockport, IL 60441. Regular hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00am -11:30am, and 12:30pm – 3:30pm.

A video demonstrating how to file the endorsement affidavit can be found here and is also available below.