BULLPUP SHOOT FAQ
Is there any cost to enter? What about to shoot?
The event is free to enter and watch and to visit the Vendors. Bullpup Shoot sponsored stages (i.e. stages where firearms are provided for you to try out) only require that you get the range safety briefing and pay for the cost of ammo by the Vendor supplied weapon, which is $10 per "go" (usually a mag worth of ammo or "teaser belt" of 15-20 rounds).
Is the event for bullpup rifles only? Can I bring my AK/AR/pistol/shotgun/etc?
The event is not limited to just bullpups, feel free to bring your AK, AR, pistol, shotgun, etc!
Should I bring ammo? Will ammo be available at the shoot?
Bring ammo for any weapons you plan to shoot. Ammo may be available at the shoot, mostly common calibers (.223, 9mm, 12 gauge, etc) but has been known to sell out fast!
Can I bring my kids? Is there an age limit?
There is no age restriction, bringing your kids is fine! They must be within reach and under your supervision at all times. You must be at least 18 years old to fire a full auto weapon. Other weapons may be fired by those under the age of 18 as long as the demo weapon instructor and RSO's deem that it is safe (i..e they understand how to safely handle a firearm and can handle the recoil). We do recommend bringing hearing protection for kids, as it can get a bit loud!
Do I need a FOID Card to show up?
Bring a valid form of ID and you are good to go, no need for a FOID card!
I am coming from far away and plan to fly in, what is the best airport to fly into?
Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Illinois is the closest airport. Contact them for flight availability and information. O'Hare Airport and Midway Airport are located about 2 hours east of the event.
Chicago Rockfored International Airport
I hear Illinois gun laws are bad. Is this true? Anything I should be worried about?
Despite the reputation, the state isn't bad- most of the stupidity is in Cook County. Mount Carroll is in the gun loving Northwest portion of the state!
Here is a quick guide on what to do when traveling/transporting firearms through the state:
Keep all firearms cased and unloaded when traveling.
CCW only if you have an Illinois CCW, there is no reciprocity at the moment.
For simplicity leave the NFA stuff at home.
Illinois does allow SBR's now, if you *really* want to bring it, make sure you fill out and get your ATF 5320.20 approved and bring a copy.
Aurora, Illinois and Chicago/Cook County have Assault Weapon Bans on the books. The rest of the state is fine.
The Illinois State Police have a good reference PDF on Illinois gun laws, here is a link: http://isp.state.il.us/docs/ptfire.pdf
(If in doubt about anything, please contact the Illinois State Police with any questions.)