I am really enjoying reading and learning from the forum. I hunted a little and shot trap when i was a kid with my dad. We shot handguns a little too. I decided 20yrs later to renew my interest. I'm waiting for my FOID card so I can purchase a pistol. I'm leaning toward a S&W M&P 9. Getting started is made a little easier by gaining info here.
It stands for Firearm Owners Identification. You need to apply for one to buy a firearm or purchase ammo. It is a picture ID. The state of IL does a check on your background to make sure you are not a felon , a crazy person, etc. One of the questions on the application asks if you are mentally retarded.