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  • On July 9, 2013, The Illinois Goverenor’s veto of the concealed carry bill was overridden making Illinois the final state to issue concealed carry permits. The Illinois State Police have 180 days to develop the process. We will update the details on this page accordingly as more information is provided.
  • Shall Issue
  • Resident and Non-Resident Permits Issued
  • 21 years of age required
  • $150 for 5 Years for Residents
  • $300 for 5 Years for Non-Residents
  • 90 Day Processing Time
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Illinois Concealed Carry FAQ’s

Does Illinois issue concealed carry permits?

On July 9, 2013, The Illinois Governor’s veto of the concealed carry bill was overridden making Illinois the final state to issue concealed carry permits. The Illinois State Police have 180 days to develop the process. We will update the details on this page accordingly as more information is provided.

Who issues Illinois concealed carry permits?

The Illinois State Police issues Illinois concealed carry permits. The Illinois State Police have 180 days from 7/9/2013 to develop the process.

Are background checks required for a Illinois concealed carry permit and does it count as a National Instant Criminal System (NICS) check?

As of 7/9/2013, the Illinois State Police Website does not state that there is a background check during the process of getting a concealed carry permit. But to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit, you must have an Illinois FOID (Firearm Owners Identification) card which requires a background check. They also do not state that the Illinois Concealed Carry Permit will allow you to bypass the NICS check when purchasing a firearm. The Illinois law requires FFL holders call the Illinois State Police to verify the purchasers FOID card (process known as Firearm Transfer Inquiry Program – FTIP). The police also search criminal, mental health and the federal NICS database.

How long is an Illinois concealed carry permit valid for?

Illinois concealed carry permits are valid for 5 years for residents and non-residents.

What is the processing time for an Illinois concealed carry permit?

The Illinois State Police will issue the concealed carry permit 90 days after the application has been submitted as long as the applicant is qualified.

How much does an Illinois concealed carry permit cost?

The cost for a Resident Illinois concealed carry permit is $150 for five years and the cost for a Non-Resident Illinois concealed carry permit is $300 for five years.

How long is an Illinois concealed weapons permit valid for?

An Illinois concealed carry permit is valid for five years.

What are the requirements for an Illinois concealed carry permit?

All applicants applying for an Illinois concealed carry permits must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a valid FOID card
  • Have not been convicted or found guilty in this State or any other state of:
    • A misdemeanor involving the use or threat of physical force or violence to any person within the last 5 years.
    • 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof, within the last 5 years.
  • Not be the subject of a pending arrest warrant, prosecution, or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification.
  • Not have been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the last 5 years.
  • Submit a completed Concealed Carry License Application.
  • Successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.

What are the required documents when applying for an Illinois concealed carry permit?

Within 180 days from 7/9/2013, the Illinois State Police will create applications and make them available to the public as well as downloadable from their website.

How do I renew my Illinois concealed weapons permit and what is the cost?

The Illinois State Police do not have any details on the renewal processed yet. Once this information has been provided we will update this page.

How do you change a name or address on an Illinois concealed firearms permit?

The Illinois State Police do not have any details on the process to change your name or address. Once this information has been provided we will update this page.

What do you do if your Illinois concealed carry permit is lost, stolen or damaged?

The Illinois State Police do not have any details on what to do if your Illinois concealed carry permit is lost, stolen or damaged. Once this information has been provided we will update this page.

Do I need to inform Law Enforcement that I am carrying a concealed weapon?

There is no law on the states you must inform law enforcement that you are carrying but there is a bill awaiting house vote that would require it. [Source]

What are the laws for carrying a firearm in an automobile in Illinois?

There is more than one way to legally transport a firearm. However, in order to be in compliance with all statutes, it is recommended all firearms be transported:

  1. Unloaded,
  2. Enclosed in a case and,
  3. By persons who have a valid FOID card.

Non- residents must be legally eligible to possess or acquire firearms and ammunition in their state of residence. It is recommended that, in order to be in compliance with all statutes, non-residents transport all firearms:

  • Unloaded, and
  • Enclosed in a case, and
  • Not immediately accessible or broken down in a nonfunctioning state.

Illinois allows residents of other states carry a concealed firearm in their vehicle if they are can legally carry a firearm in public under the laws of their state or territory of residence and are not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law.

Does Illinois have a Stand Your Ground Law AKA Castle Doctrine Law?

Illinois has a Castle Law and no requirement to retreat which means use of deadly force is justified. Specific legislation prevents filing claim against defender of dwelling. [SOURCE]

What are the Illinois Open Carry laws?

Open carry is not legal in Illinois.


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  • shiracheta

    Being an Iowa carry permit holder who frequently goes to Chicago for the weekend I hate that they don’t allow carry of any kind. And seeing that Chicago has some of the worst gang related violence in the Midwest I would really like to see Illinois residents able to carry to protect themselves.

    • Project Dawg

      Well there is good news I guess. chicago has a CFP Chicago firearms permit. Which allows residents of chicago to have handguns on their property. It cost 100 dollars for 3 years and you must also register your gun for 15 dollars for life.(One time fee)

      As far as CCW goes. Not quite yet. We need it here I agree.

      • Kingdingaling75

        I believe the $15 firearm reg. fee is yearly.

    • Skylineinvestigations

      I am a NRA firearm insturctor and Private Investigator in illinois and I can’t carry conceal
      they need to pass this bill, the gangs will always have guns so why can’t we.

      • law weapons

        do you have an FCC?

    • Mikeburch73

      you can carry your gun if it in a fanny pack gun case unloaded , it takes longer to get your gun out ( 6 seconds ) and loaded but u can still carry it.

  • Auvilj

    Why punish all of Illinois,aprove conceal carry for Illinois south of the Cook county Line, how easy is that,they don’t want it don’t give it ti them(Dug!!!!!) no brainer

  • gene

    LETS ALL GET TOGETHER AND SHOW THESE POLITICAL GANGSTERS THE DOOR COME NEXT ELECTION.   WHAT DO YOU SAY.

    • JanuaryWinter

      Agreed!

    • keke

      fuck you obama NEXT ELECTION

      • BoomShakaLaka

        what does Obama have to do with CCW in IL, he didn’t write those laws; im support obama and I support CCW in IL

        • Logic&Reason

          Keke is an idiot. Knee Jerk reaction to OBAMA and gun rights. It amazes me at how people overlook their local and state governments. Same idiots who jump up and claim ‘STATES RIGHTS’ don’t even know that the President of the United States has no bearing on your local gun laws. Even if Obama could infringe on the second amendment it would have to get through the congress and the senate. NOT going to happen – EVER! Gotta love these Knee Jerk Reaction people – Not a Freakin Clue!

          • badchickensoup

            Obama did not write the laws. Nor has any Idea the importance of CCW in a society. He thinks the only way to control guns is to take them away. Please like if you have taken a gun safety course.

        • madson

          u realize obama is trying to ban many guns even take ur “assault” weapons like ar 15′s

        • philip deluca

          I agree but be careful cause I was visited by the U.S. S.S.

  • zeke

    Why doesn’t Quinn need armed body guards with him? Chicago doesn’t allow people to carry guns, so why does he have to have armed guards? Maybe because the only people carrying are criminals.
    Throw Quinn and Cook County out of Illinois as they give us a bad name.

  • zeke

    Why doesn’t Quinn need armed body guards with him? Chicago doesn’t allow people to carry guns, so why does he have to have armed guards? Maybe because the only people carrying are criminals.
    Throw Quinn and Cook County out of Illinois as they give us a bad name.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000713763947 Jaysen McDermith

      they allow politicians to ccw in illinois especially in crook county… its just citizens that cant

    • Mike

      I HEARD THAT!

    • ed

      better yet make Chicago its own state,and let Quinn go with it.

  • Ralphieboi123

    That’s some bullshit I’m so tired of Illinois I’ve been living here all my life which is 32 years by the way! It’s so mess up in Illinois that If someone breaks in your home and try to harm you and you defend your self in your own home you’ll mess around and get more time then the criminal that broke in to your home!!!!!! The governor and the Mayor of Chicago doesn’t want law biding citizens to have a weapon for self defense! but they have armed bodyguards with them every where they go so their safe!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But ordinary law abiding citizens are at harms way every day with out no way to protect our selves!!!!!!!

    • Mike

      I hear ya, man.  In Iowa we voted out alot of the commie pinko left wing Obamacrats last November. Hope to dump the rest of them in 2012.  I don’t get the foolhearty mindset of those those who oppose “responsible” gun ownership. They can make all the laws they want to (hindering and disabling the law abiding citizens like yourself) but they’ll NEVER get “illegal” guns out of the hands of felons who want to harm YOU, your family and your property.  I imagine your criminal population will actually grow as the bad guys flee a “gun toter” state to where it is safer to do business….ILLINOIS.  No longet the “LAND of LINCOLN”. It is now the “LAND OF THE WEAK AND DEFENSELESS”….

    • Augy

      Your statement is NOT true. While concealed carry is not allowed in IL yet, it is legal to defend yourself with a firearm on your own property if your life is in danger. A justified shoot is just about the same everywhere – you must be at risk for being killed or seriously injured by an intruder. Generally, most states do not recognize the right to take a life if someone is just stealing your microwave oven…however if that person pulls a weapon when confronted it is legal to defend yourself. Basically, the same restrictions apply to both civilian self defense shoots and police shoots. Even in states that allow concealed carry it is not a license to shoot anyone, only the option to defend yourself if your life is seriously in danger.

      – Retired police officer of 30 years
      Lifelong Illinois resident
      Avid hunter and gun enthusiast

      • Abby_3_8

        Nice post but you can carry in IL. Because you was a cop! How about the rest of the good people in IL. Do they not have the right to protect them self’s every where like you retired cops?????????? 

        • Jd

          Even retired cops are not allowed to carry in IL. Their carry permission ends when their employment ends. That is how bad IL’s laws are for this.

          • Derik Austin Matthews

            Not true they are protected under Federal Law H.R. 218

      • Justin

        While I agree with you that you can protect yourself in your own home, that doesn’t help when you leave your house.  That is the problem.  Criminals carry guns outside of their homes and law abiding citizens cannot.  The result: criminals can commit crimes easier because they know the average law abiding citizen will not be carrying a gun.  If you were a police officer then you were fortunate enough to be able to carry a gun in public.  But an average Illinois law abiding citizen is at a disadvantage.  The rest of us are defenseless.  And part of the reason why the Illinois doesn’t allow CCW is because the politicians and media put such a bad spin on guns.  These groups of people have brainwashed Illinoisans into thinking guns are bad.  But given the statistics of shootings and deaths related to gun violence in Illinois, their strategy is not working.  As I said before, the criminals will continue to carry guns because they are criminals and don’t care what the law says.  Laws will only affect the people who follow them, plain and simple. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/john.jones.142240 John Jones

        I would think a person would be more likely to need a firearm for protection outside their residence than inside. Denying the law abiding public from the ability fully protect themselves is and should be considered criminal. I don’t think anyone who would legally carry and go through the ccw course would be Rambo on the streets. Just well equipped to handle any level of criminal threat. With all do respect Retired Police Officer of 30 years, I’ll bet you still carry a firearm when you go out in public !

  • Patriot

    It’s pretty simple.  Move out of Illinois.  I was offered a higher paying job in the Chicago area but took a lower paying job in Omaha just to avoid the liberal stinkhole.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jarrod-Dowell/625383082 Jarrod Dowell

      We need more people like you in Chicago to help change our liberal stink hole. But I totally understand your position.

    • Kilroy

      With all the shootings in the Chicago area lately, I would think they would start issuing CCP. If I lived there, I would demand it. I would imagine the shootings would decrease exponentially.

    • Chicago guy

      You aren’t missing anything! I am glad you didn’t come here you are better off where you are-Illinois is the worst place for a law enforcement officer to work-i talked to many that took early retirement just to get the hell out!

  • LEON

    I HAVE A KY CCDW LICENCE AND IT SUCKS TO HAVE TO LEAVE MY GUN AT HOME JUST BECAUSE I STOP IN ILLINOIS. GET THE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS OUT OF OFFICE  AND START EXERCISING YOUR RIGHT TO PROTECT YOUR SELF & FAMILY. COPS CAN’T BE EVERYWHERE.

  • Justin Lewsader

    I’m an Indiana resident with an IN carry permit and live on the state line of IN/IL and frequently go across to IL. I hate the idea of being unprotected by a lawful carry law when some of the neighborhoods I go near have shootings, etc. and I KNOW these people don’t even possess FOID cards!! ALL states should at least honor the carrier’s resident state’s permit!

  • Anonymous

    AHHHHH, everyday I look to see if there is any news on the Illinois lawsuits. Why the heck do they need over three weeks to determine that the communist state is infringing on the people rights to keep and BEAR arms? 

    I’m no lawyer but seems pretty clear that “shall not be infringed” is pretty clear. The founding fathers realized that the right to keep and bear arms gives the people the ability to protect the other rights. Thats why the 2nd amendment is so strongly typed, not even the first amendment has a shall not be infringed line to it.I am not from Illinois and don’t even travel there so I have no vested interest in this other then to see my fellow Americans have the means in which to defend themselves.

    I know im preaching to the choir here so I will stop ranting, just wanted to get this off my chest.

    • Scrubs777

      F’n A… it”s not just about one state…our forefathers made the bill and the polititians claim to stick to it but everything they do is against it. STOP F’n with our rights or go somewhere else you can do that… like F’n fantasy land cause it ain’t happening here in the states…..at least it shouldn’t be…whats next….freedom of religion…..Oh thats right…..that ones already gone unless you follow the correct code of conduct. You have all the freedom you want…if your muslim or something else…but F the Christians…they only based the whole constitution and structure of government on that, soon to be, useless paper. Stop killing trees at least ya bastards. 

  • Fishiin67

    Its bullshit!!!!!!  i agree keep cook county out of the loop if thats what they want! down south where i live, you had better believe if i need to make a trip into the city or any where near it. i have a weapon close by.

  • Weekender250

    When crooks run the state you would’nt expect anything less. I have a Utah carry permit so when I travel I can carry legaly. I carry my firearm everyday regardless of what the dumb ass CROOKS of this crapy state say. Its my right and if I get arestted because of it so be it. I will fight it in court if the law is on our side then I should have no problem in court. I will be damned if my family or me is gonna be a victim of a crime I could have stopped, I won’t bend over for Illinois or the criminals.

    • Tigerdriver

      I feel the same way brother, I would sooner be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

  • Rn1844

    I left Ill when I turned 18, never lived there again. I do carry in Ill. What are they going to do, take my pass away and send me to Viet Nam, the war is over.

  • Mark26

    Our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves!  How pussified has our nation become to allow the government to make us pay them money to be able to carry our firearms.  The constitutional 2nd amendment was set up for the American people to be able to keep GOVERNMENT at bay.  I’m proud to be an American and wouldn’t want to ever live anywhere else but I get disgusted when I see what we have let Government get away with!  Illinois, with or without a CCW, from my cold dead hands!  IT IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Blake

    Is it true that one may live in IL and go to another state and get a permit that will enable him to carry everywhere else except IL?

    • Sgt Bear74

      Not every state. You can get a nonresident permit in Florida, and Utah. But be sure to look up what states are covered by these permits. The do not work in all states. Some states wont even recognize a nonresident permit, so be careful. If you do receive a permit, please, follow the rules…. 

  • Mike

    “Lemme Get this straight”: Illinois is basically telling its citizens “You are NOT allowed to protect yourself, your family nor your property if a criminal act is brought against you”. “You are to be reduced to the status of a rape or mugging victim without recourse”. It is hard for me to believe that the residents of Illinois allow such narrow minded, liberal thinking to dominate their state. Our Iowa criminals may all be running for the Illinois border where they know there will be no oppostion or chance of being wounded or killed by a prepared citizen. Illinois is going to force otherwise law abiding citizens  to become “law breakers” by secretly purchasing guns to protect themselves.

  • http://twitter.com/machinestate Who F. Cares

    i lived in south chicago for awhile, i sure heard alot of guns.  ALOT of guns.  statistically, very few if any of those gunshots were cases of self-defense, castle doctrine etc.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-H-Sims/1053870342 Michael H. Sims

      Boy do i miss that emblem on your profile. It used to be on the side of my company truck. Thats what happens when most of the population of a state lives in a big city. Cities breed destruction of family values and morals. most big cities are ridden with crime, poverty, and welfare. I was recently offered a job with CN in chicago, the said they coouldn’t find anyone qualified there.

  • 1021Jarhead

    So Indiana residents who have ccw can transport in the state of Il. as long as it is locked away??

    • Weston

      You would need a valid FOID to be in full compliance, and you can only get that as an Illinois resident.  Broken down, locked up in separate containers, and in the trunk is the safest way, but strictly speaking is still not in full compliance with the law.

      If an officer is poking around in your trunk, he’s either got a warrant or is searching in relation to an arrest, so you’re already boned.

  • T………..

    Here in Illinois a person has to have a FOID card to buy or posses a tazer or stun gun but it also falls under the concealed weapon law.  Now seriously,  how is anyone supposed to protect their self?  When seconds count the police are hours away!

    • Tcb737

      The individual needs to be (put down) when a weapon is produced in a threatening manner or the person (truly) feels that they are about to die, Then and only then should an individual fire those two to three rounds to upper body mass. Anyone who violates deserves the shame and prosicution from the law enforcement agency who have to do their job for their inappropriate use of deadly force.

      • http://twitter.com/lehorsely john randall

        Make sure you kill him or our government will furnish him lawyers at taxpayers expense to send you to prison for defending yourself. And he will probably sue the state for being assaulted.Thats what happens when you elect a thug to run our government And remember, like our soldiers the government has the police fighting with rules that wont even keep them alive. You call 911 and when the police do arrive they are afraid to do anything for fear of them going to prison themselves.

    • I’veGotFriendsInLowPlaces

      Just do what I do, Carry a Taser on you but conceal it very good and Don’t worry about the police, Shouldn’t have to if you Hide it good enough.

      • mike

        Sorry dude, I’m the one on our department that gets tazed by police issue tazers and it does not take me down. They are not for use in life or death situations. They are only to take down unruly subjects to prevent them from receiving further harm.

    • Politicsdie

      Let’s see if your theory stands…….If I have the Police Department 10 minutes away and there is a rapist sexual predator with AIDS trying to come onto my property and cause physical and sexual harm to my 7 month daughter…..Gee, let me think…..dial 911 and wait?????????????????
      I think I will shoot them rather that calling the cops

      • Chicago guy

        I am with you! I LIVE IN CHICAGO ON THE SOUTHSIDE! I live less than three miles from the HOME OF GANGSTER DISCIPLE STREET GANG’S ORIGIN AND ALMOST EVERY NIGHT 2 TO THREE PEOPLE ARE KILLEDr AND MORE THAN 10 WOUNDED. I like your theory-shoot first then call the cops!

    • matt

      I guess you could use sticks and stones? That’s what the government wants you to do I guess either that or just watch as something horrible happens and wait for the cops to show up.

  • justin

    i am an indiana resident that frequently visits the chicago area. my father lives in chicago and when i travel to visit him i usually go through some “not so friendly” towns. if its dark outside while i travel though those towns it definately gets my nerves worked up n makes me wanna get the hell outta there. i dont understand why illinois wont allow both law-abiding residents and non residents to carry. i know if im sitting at a stoplight in one of these towns and its midnight, i would feel alot more at ease if i had my 9mm by my side. then i would also be more willing to visit more often thus spending more $ in that state, thus boosting their economy. idk, i just think illinois needs to do some thinking about the issue and revise their laws!

    • David W. Barrow III, J.D.

      You’ll be happier with the new law. It allows CC within your vehicle!

      I’m not sure getting an IL permit is worth the cost or hassle. If you DO want an IL CC permit. My group gives superb classes.

  • curtis

    Illinois as a whole isn’t a bad state. if it wasn’t for cook county it would be a great place to live. I don’t know how the whole state can let one county control a whole state 

  • Twk

    this being one of the last states still in the dark  needs to get back to reality.
    state is all ways broke and taxing people to death limiting your rights in a varity of ways will not get on all faults this state has but they need to get on the wagon with other states so states that can carry is not a problem when they come here and bring more money to this state or make them fill
    like there are at there mother inlaws just joke IT IS OUR RIGHTS not just the politicians choices
    so law makers turn the light on because your people what to see

  • Jaco John

    this is against our constitution, 

  • Mike280

    The constitution states that all citizens can bare arms.  If you’re in your house, or openly carry guns in public that’s fine.  I don’t think the founding fathers thought ahead to address the issue of a 20 round clip in a gun hidden in your coat. 
    Guns don’t prevent crime, people prevent crime.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OOKK3KBK7M2DX5OKOV7ODZ3QTA Jay

      Clip? Who makes a 20 round clip? I think you meant to say magazine. Get some education before you comment. And you’re wrong, if honest people have guns criminals think twice before commiting a crime.

      • Mike280

        That’s purely semantics, it’s like saying, that’s not a gun, it’s a rifle.  Clip or magazine are used interchangeably, and that doesn’t detract from the main point.

        • ed

          tell me what is the differance between a clip and a magazine ? You can say either one you want,but I guess someone wants to have ppl. say it their way.

  • DKAL

    I’m a Missouri CCW Permit holder and will be flying from STL to SC with a connecting flight in IL at Midway. My permit is good in SC and the airline will allow me to check my bag with a secured and locked firearm. I will not be handling my luggage in IL so I am wondering if I will get in trouble if I pass through on a flight. Does anyone know the Rules and Regulations if I’m only flying through?

    • Michael W

      As long as it’s in your checked bag and unloaded you should be okay. Technically it’s in the hands of the airlines going through IL and it should go by your departure and final destination. As long as it’s not in your carry-on you should be okay.

  • SPU

    A buddy just moved to Chicago and I plan to visit next year on my motorcycle. I have two CC permits allowing carry in 32 states but in Illinois I have to break down my CC and lock it in a case separate from ammo??? Am I reading that right? Am I allowed to keep it legally for a couple dayslike that locked up, or is that only for people driving through the state? For example, if I get a motel room for a couple days can I leave the broken down (and locked up) gun in the room with my stuff? I don’t want to leave it on my bike.

  • ChemJet

    Really? It is aggravating as can be, just listening to you folks not being able to exercise your 2nd amendment rights. I could not live in such a communist state. I feel for all of you. Fellow brothers and sisters, voting is the key. Just like one of the other posts read, vote them out again in 2012. In Indiana, getting a license to carry is not a shoe in, but for us law abiding and non-felon citizens, it is painless at about $30 for 4 years or $75 for a lifetime license. Our state allows the license holder to even decide to carry in plain view or concealed, because it is a carry permit. Of course, this state is predominantly conservative, or non-communist that is. 2012 election is just around the corner. VOTE VOTE VOTE….I wish you all well.

  • ChemJet

    I am sure our founding fathers could not fathom a repeating firearm, let alone one whose magazine holds a 5 round clip….20rd mag..etc… true. Compared to firearms today, even pistols back then were sizes of cannons, and not so concealable. Point being is that their intention was to ensure that every citizen was guaranteed the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones, so that they could thwart off an attack from a “criminal”.

    You know the saying, “if firearms are taken from the law abiding citizens, then only the criminals will possess firearms.” This is exactly what our founding fathers were trying to prevent. This is not about “preventing crime”. This is about the right to protect ones self, loved ones and property.

    What the libs want to do is control, control, control every freakin aspect of our lives, including using ignorant excuses like “prevent crime” for their ulterior motive, which is control. Liberals actually profess that firearms commit the crimes. Really? 

    Most violent crimes are committed by convicted felons, who cannot legally possess a firearm at all, and when they do, sometimes they possess firearms that are restricted to law enforcement, gov’t and those who have a federal firearms permit (which costs upwards of a few thousand buckaroos). 

    I am sorry sir, but guns do prevent crime, in the hands of upstanding, responsible, law abiding citizens…..yes, they most certainly do. Better to have one and not ever need it, because it only takes one time……to need it…..and not have it. As long as criminals have firearms….so will I….and I don’t see crime going down anytime soon…..VOTE….VOTE…VOTE…

    For those who voted this communist, muslim into the Presidency because you wanted to prove you are not racist….I get it, you wanted “change”….I challenge you to now prove you are not stupid and vote him out of office.

  • TCB737

    EACH AND EVERY ILLINOIS LAW MAKER IS TRULY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR EVIL, NON-AMERICAN, AND SHAMEFUL DISRESPECT AND DISHONOR OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE U.S. FOR THEIR IGNORANCE OF THEIR CITIZENS RIGHTS TO (KEEP AND BEAR ARMS), (IF THEY CHOOSE TO DO SO).

    • http://www.facebook.com/llarsen89 Luke Larsen

      ‎”All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution, are null and void.” Chief Justice Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, 5, U.S. (Cranch) 137, 174,176

  • http://twitter.com/unsystematic Sean

    WHEN is Illinois going to join the rest of the Country and embrace ALL of the Constitution?

    • http://www.facebook.com/llarsen89 Luke Larsen

      ‎”The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statue, to be valid, must be in agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows: The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.” “Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principals follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it…. A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it superseded thereby. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.” Sixteenth American Jurisprudence, Second Edition, Section 177. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/llarsen89 Luke Larsen

    ‎”The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statue, to be valid, must be in agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows: The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.” “Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principals follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it…. A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it superseded thereby. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.” Sixteenth American Jurisprudence, Second Edition, Section 177. — PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS, WAKE THE F*CK UP AND DEFEND YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/llarsen89 Luke Larsen

    ‎”All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution, are null and void.” Chief Justice Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, 5, U.S. (Cranch) 137, 174,176

  • http://www.facebook.com/llarsen89 Luke Larsen

    “Our Bill of Rights curbs all three branches of government. It subjects all departments of government to a rule of law and sets boundaries beyond which no official may go. It emphasizes that in this country man walks with dignity and without fear, that he need not grovel before an all powerful government.” Justice William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Crazy13

    I have to go to Chicago for business.  Have my concealed carry in KY.  Even if I can’t carry concealed (which I may risk away), I want to have my gun with me.  Does anyone know if carry it the way this article says is legal?

    • http://www.facebook.com/llarsen89 Luke Larsen

      If i was in your position, id carry it anyways. Read my last post, passed by the US Supreme court. Even if there are laws that have been passed, if they are unconstitutional, as this IL gun laws are. The US Constitution (the supreme law of the land) will supersede any unconstitutional laws. If your willing to fight for your rights, carry it either way and bring this to the Supreme court if they try to arrest you.

  • Thoytster

    Does carrying a gun in your vehicle unloaded in a center console considered legal?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Edwards/100000309565905 Steve Edwards

    illinois is the designated piece of shit state. if the govenor could figure out how to make himself a huge profit on the conceal carry,then it would pass

  • Aboxalarm2

    well pike county illinois has issued ccw permits 

  • Nonails

    I would accept open carry at this point.  My job requires me to go into bad neighborhoods on a daily
    bases.  I have done this for over 25 years.  I have a F.O.I.D. card and I am an NRA certified RSO and Shotgun Instructor. I carry anyway.  I believe that I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by six.

  • Deanl1002

    I am from Penna…and any time i travel west I avoid the communist state of Illinois at all costs…I don’t care if is 100 miles or more..I will not set foot in that repressive state.. or more importantly spend any money there.. just as I do do the other repressive states like new jersey and new york in the east…there needs to be a serious boycot orginized of these communist states that deny our freedoms..they will certainly pay attention to millions of people “not” spending money …these liberal idiots ..we could make them “howl”
    I don’t know much about Illinois but I am will to wager that the rich… and the fat cats.. have found a way to legally carry while denying the right to the average working joe…much the same as they do in new york..oh yes…the affulent in nyc have no problems getting a permit…you just try!
    People in these states have to get orginazed… and flush these turds down the toilet..or things will never change
    if they can deny your second admendment rights…hell…why not the entire bill of rights

  • Moonangel Jallad

    So if I am traveling from Ohio through Illinois to say Oklahoma, I need to make sure I am “unloaded, it’s in a case & not easily accessible & that I have a valid ccw for My State of residence,correct?”

    • Deanl1002

      better yet avoid the sate of illinois…if you can’t… the best advise is to seperate the gun and the ammo ..both in locked cases… in the trunk…and avoid stopping or getting off the interstate if at all possible

      • Moonangel Jallad

        Thanks for the advice, setting a new course for travel. Hard enough to get the ccw,let alone have some other state possibly get it taken away from me.

  • jawman

    There is a right to carry here in Illinois. We were born with it. The state has stolen it from us. 
    It is not a privilege, it is a right. The state does not grant rights. We are born with them.This is why we are in the mess we find ourselves in right now. We are of the mindset that our rights are granted by the government and that if they (the state) choose to bestow them upon us, then we are priveleged. If not, then we do not need or deserve them. We need to free our minds of this conditioning! As long as we think that the state is doing us a “favor” by “granting” us a right, we will get nowhere. Remember, the power is supposed to reside with the people, not the government. The police carry guns because they are doing the will of the state. The citizen cannot because somewhwere along the way, he has relinquished his birthright to the state. We need to get away from this kind of mindset. I know that is the reality we now face, but wrong is wrong, no matter how you slice it. 

  • Moderate_Socialist

    Really, there’s no concrete evidence against concealed carry, and after the USSC ruling on the handgun ban in combination with our becoming the last state in the union not to have it, I would’ve thought we’d have pushed ourselves further. Any news in that regard? I’d be fine with registering my firearms, so long as I can own, use, and carry them. They want to track me down through that system, they’ll still have to show up at my house sometime.

  • http://www.facebook.com/plumberdanahs Dan Cox

    7th District Federal Court of Appeals has Heard Oral arguments in regards to the Unconstitutionality of Illinois Ban of Concealed Carry. THE AUDIO OF THIS HEARING IS REALLY GREAT,,,ILLINOISCARRY.COM has it!

  • Tommy

    So now Chicago has allowed homeowners to be able to have a handgun within city limits. Great news some year they will get wise and make some money on persons appling for CC permits and not be bankrupt anymore.

  • Mark

    To Whom It May Concern:
    It has been brought to our attention that some Illinois officers are unclear or mis-informed about Illinois law and as such, may be causing problems for law-abiding gun owners here. For example, one Illinois officer noticed a Champaign County gun owner with a loaded speed loader in the passenger compartment of his truck during a traffic stop and threatened to make an arrest for unlawful use of weapons based upon an Illinois Criminal Code book from the mid-1980’s.
    To summarize, current Illinois law reads:
    Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961:
    “(a) a person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:
    ***
    (4) Carries or possesses in any vehicle or concealed on or about his
    person except when on his land or in his abode or fixed place of
    business any pistol, revolver, stun gun, taser or other firearm.” 720
    ILCS 5/24-1(a)(4)(West 1994).
    However, the Code also provides for certain situations in which section 24-1(a)(4) does not apply. Section
    24-2(i) provides:
    “nothing in this Article shall prohibit, apply to, or affect the
    transportation, carrying, or possession of any pistol, revolver, stun
    gun, taser, or other firearm which is unloaded and enclosed in a
    case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container, by the
    possessor of a valid Firearms Owners Identification Card.” 720 ILCS
    5/24-2(i)(West 1994).
    We have enclosed an Appellate Court decision, Illinois v. McDade for your perusal. Please share this
    information with your officers with regard to this “unloaded and encased” exemption to unlawful use of
    weapons that FOID holders are entitled to. It might also be noted that this statutory exemption contains no requirement regarding the absence or location of ammunition other than the gun itself be unloaded.
    We are advising our members of what we call “Six Seconds To Safety” which is carrying an unloaded
    firearm in a fanny pack designed for concealed carry. Inside the pack are also loaded magazines for rapid
    deployment should a use of lethal force situation develop. They are also told to have their FOID card in their possession at all times.
    While this is far from our ideal of a concealed carry law (we would prefer a permit process and to be able to carry a loaded firearm in a proper holster), this is the best option for an Illinois citizen and a safer Illinois. Also helpful to the professional image of your department would be to have your staff who answer calls to the station either be aware of current law or for them to defer an answer to someone who does know. This will help law abiding citizens in their quest to both follow the law and provide them the ability to defend themselves should the need arise. Thank you for your help in this matter.
    Sincerely,
    ConcealCarry.Org
    FIFTH DIVISION
    FILED: 4/11/97
    No. 1-96-2136
    IN THE APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT
    THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS V. RICHARD R. MCDADE
    Appeal from the Circuit Court of Cook County.
    No. 95 CR 35311
    The Honorable JOSEPH J. URSO, Judge Presiding.
    O R D E R
    Following a bench trial, defendant Richard McDade was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon and sentenced to 15-months probation. On appeal, defendant argues that the trial court
    erred (1) in denying his motion to suppress evidence, (2) in finding him guilty of unlawful use of a firearm, and (3) in denying his motion to reconsider. Defendant’s basis for each of
    these assertions is that he qualified for an exemption under section 24-2(I) of the Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/24- 2(I)(West 1994)).
    At a hearing on defendant’s motion to suppress evidence, the evidence established as follows. On December 6, 1995, defendant drove with his friend, Dennis Webber, from Champaign, Illinois,
    to Chicago. Defendant owned a shop which sold model race cars and was going to Chicago to purchase model cars. When defendant left his shop that day, he took his .380 caliber Lorcin handgun with him. Defendant unloaded the gun and placed it in a carrying case. He put the gun in the glove compartment of his car and put the magazine clip in the pocket of his coat, which he placed on the back seat. At some point while defendant was driving, he asked Webber to check the gun to make sure it was unloaded. Webber removed the gun case from the glove compartment, took the gun out of the case and verified that it was unloaded. He returned the gun to the case and the case to the glove compartment.
    At approximately 2 p.m. that day, defendant and Webber were driving down Montrose Avenue in Chicago after having purchased some model cars. Chicago police officer Kevin Pietruszka
    observed defendant, who was driving the car, with marijuana paraphernalia in his mouth. Officer Pietruszka and his partner stopped defendant and Webber and observed a plastic bag
    containing a green, leafy substance which they believed to be marijuana on the front seat. The officers arrested defendant and Webber and searched the vehicle, discovering the unloaded pistol
    enclosed in a leather case in the glove compartment. Officer Pietruszka testified that his partner recovered the magazine clip containing seven bullets from defendant’s pocket while conducting a custodial search. Defendant and Webber both testified that the officers did not discover the magazine clip during the search and that defendant voluntarily informed the officers that he had the clip. Defendant also testified that he told the officers that he had a valid firearm owner’s
    identification (FOID) card.
    The trial court denied defendant’s motion to suppress evidence and the matter proceeded to trial. At trial, the parties entered by stipulation the testimony from the suppression hearing. In
    addition, the parties stipulated that at the time of the defendant’s arrest he had a valid FOID card. The parties further stipulated that if Officer Pietruszka were called he would testify that the defendant admitted that the gun recovered from the glove compartment belonged to him.
    The trial court found defendant guilty of unlawful use of a weapon under section 24-1(a)(4) of the Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/24-2(i)(West 1994)). The trial court specifically
    found that defendant was not entitled to an exemption under section 24-2(i) of the Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/24-2(i)(West 1994)), noting that the gun was merely in a zippered
    leather case rather than some type of locked container and that the gun and ammunition both were accessible to defendant.
    On appeal, defendant argues that the trial court erred in (1) denying his motion to suppress evidence, (2) finding him guilty of unlawful use of a firearm, and (3) denying his motion to
    reconsider. Because we find that the trial court erred in finding defendant guilty of unlawful use of a firearm, we need not address defendant’s other contentions.
    Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 provides:
    “(a) a person commits the offense of unlawful use of
    weapons when he knowingly:
    ***
    (4) Carries or possesses in any vehicle or concealed
    on or about his person except when on his land or in
    his abode or fixed place of business any pistol,
    revolver, stun gun, taser or other firearm.” 720 ILCS
    5/24-1(a)(4)(West 1994).
    However, the Code also provides for certain situations in which section 24-1(a)(4) does not apply. Section 24-2(i) provides:
    “nothing in this Article shall prohibit, apply to, or
    affect the transportation, carrying, or possession of
    any pistol, revolver, stun gun, taser, or other
    firearm *** which is unloaded and enclosed in a case,
    firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other
    container, by the possessor of a valid Firearms Owners
    Identification Card.” 720 ILCS 5/24-2(i)(West 1994).
    A defendant must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that he is entitled to this statutory exemption. People v Staples, 88 Ill. App. 3d 400, 403 (1980).
    In People v. Bruner, 285 Ill. App. 3d 39 (1996), the defendant was charged with unlawful use of a weapon under section 24-1(a)(4) where she was carrying an unloaded, encased pistol in
    her purse and she possessed a valid FOID card. The trial court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss on the ground that she was entitled to an exemption under section 24-2(i) and the State
    appealed. Bruner, 285 Ill. App. 3d at 44.
    Based on Bruner we find that defendant was entitled to an exemption under section 24-2(i). We acknowledge that, while facts in Bruner do not indicate that the defendant was carrying
    ammunition for the gun, defendant in the instant case had a magazine containing seven bullets in his jacket pocket in the car’s back seat. However, the statutory exemption contains no requirement regarding the absence of or location of ammunition. Therefore, we must find that defendant was exempt from section 24-1(a) (4).
    The State, however, argues that defendant was not entitled to this exemption because Webber removed the gun from the case to ensure that it was unloaded and therefore the weapon was not
    encased at all times. The State relies on principles of strict statutory construction in support of its position. Specifically, the State argues that because the legislature did not indicate in section 24-2(i) that encasement of the gun may by intermittent, it presumably intended that the gun must be
    encased at all times. In support of its position, the State cites several cases involving statutory construction. See People v. Lofton, 69 Ill. 2d 67 (1977), and People v. Spain, 91 Ill. App. 3d 900 (1980) (respective defendants denied an exemption to the unlawful use of a weapon stature where they did not meet all the exception’s requirement); People v. Cahill, 37 Ill. App. 3d
    361 (1976) (defendant’s conviction for failure to possess firearm owner’s identification card proper, even though defendant produced a valid card at trial, where the statute specifically prohibited possessing a firearm without having the card in one’s possession).
    The principal rule in construing statutes is to determine and achieve the legislature’s true intent and meaning. People v Frieberg, 147 Ill 2d 326, 345 (1992). In order to determine legislative intent, the court may consider not only the statutory language, the reason and necessity for the law, the evil sought to be addressed and the intended purpose of the statute. Frieberg, 147 Ill. 2d at 345. The courts must presume that the legislature did not intend “absurdity, inconvenience or
    injustice.” People v. Steppen, 105 Ill. 2d 310, 316 91985)
    The State invites us to construe section 24-1(a)(4) and section 24-2(i) in such a way that a person who is otherwise properly carrying a weapon in compliance with those sections is guilty of
    unauthorized use of a weapon if he momentarily removes the weapon from its case for any reason. We do not find the State’s argument to be persuasive. In the instant case, Webber testified
    that as he and defendant “were coming just out of town, [defendant] asked me to check the pistol one more time.” Webber then removed the gun from its case in the glove compartment,
    verified that it was unloaded and returned it to its case. It is unclear whether Webber did so as the two men were just leaving Champaign or as they were about to enter Chicago. However, it is
    clear that some time after Webber checked the gun, the two men returned to the car that they were stopped by the police. There was no evidence that the gun was removed from its case after
    defendant and Webber re-entered the car. When the police searched the car, the unloaded pistol was secured in its case in the glove compartment.
    Defendant merely asked his friend to momentarily remove the gun from its case to ensure that it was unloaded. Were we to adopt the State’s interpretation, we would find that the defendant
    violated the statute by his attempt to ensure that he was in compliance with the statute. This would be an absurd result. We do not believe that the momentary removal of the gun served to
    deny defendant the exemption provided by section 24-2(i) for the remainder of his trip. For the foregoing reasons, we find that the defendant proved beyond a preponderance of the evidence that he was entitled to the exemption under section 24-2(i) and reverse the judgment of the circuit court. The judgment of the circuit court is reversed. Reversed.
    HOFFMAN, J., with HOURIHANE and SOUTH, JJ., concurring.

  • major

    I am ashamed of the governor and elected officials! The 2nd admen dement applies to all states period. I avoid this most of the time and would not live in state period. Only the Mafia is legal to have weapons as it seems!

  • Anthony

    It’s about time Illinois pass the conceal carry law and join all the other states. Illinois has one of the highest crime rates of all states and it’s about time we have the right to protect ourselves. Let the Federal law overpower the State law and give us the right to carry.

  • JetPro

    I bet Rahm is strict on gangs….
    I bet the gangs hate to keep their guns locked in a box..
    LMAO…

  • trucker h

    I drove a truck in the city of chicago for 37 years and carried a gun every day had to pull it out three times and proud to say all three times the police arrested the bad guys and told me to go on my way

  • Dr William Mount

    Every judge swears ro uphold the Constitution.

    If they do not put a lien against theur surity bond and they are disbarred.

    Wake up Illinois.

  • Floridanative

    It’s called the right to bare arms note BEAR arms.. Illinois will never pass a conceal and carry law and as much as i dislike Obama you cant blame him.. This stat was screwed before he come along and will be long after hes gone.. If u wanna bitch to or about someone call Quin.. Im originally from Florida and i never even gave polotics a second thought till i moved here and seen how corrupt and just plain screwed up illinois government is, its almost comical.. Im from a place when you can carry a weapon and you dont have to wait for a person to be crawling through ur window of your home before its legal to shoot them.. I love my country and since the revolutionary war a ancester of mine has fought for it but out government sucks.. It should be my right to carry a weapon if im not a felon so why cant i , i ask…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.kazar.3 Joe Kazar

    Wow! What happened to these people 2nd amendment rights? This is so dumb.

  • stephen45na

    I think the real question is how much better is the crime rate in ILL . And is that a fix for crime or does just only criminals have guns

  • Kilroy

    Illinois need to instate a CCP law that allows citizens with the right to protect themselves. The shootings have gotten way out of hand. If the local government can’t see the logic in that, then it’s blind. A person should have the right to protect themselves, when LEO’s aren’t available. I feel for the people of Chicago that have very little recourse on a legal level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.casey.98892 Eric Casey

    This state is a complete joke!

  • ANWAR K

    Everyday someone in Illinois
    is shot and I blame our government for this, if we are protected we will have a
    better chance of staying alive, Everyday an arm robberies get a way because we
    are not protected, everyday a woman/girl gets raped why? Because we are not
    protected. We should all stand up and protest this, I wish we can all just go
    downtown and make them realize that the cops are nothing but losers, now they
    are saying they might charge our electric bill $5.00 extra a month to get more
    officers, Really? I don’t see the existing officers doing that now; all they
    are doing is ticketing people left and right. We don’t need your protection we
    can handle this our selves, every time something happens it takes them 15min to
    get there, if we are protected this will not be an issue (go ahead & finish
    your coffee) but with us not being protected and show up in 15min. LETS PROTEST
    THIS and for you that think that we don’t need to be protected I hop next time
    you call 911 you will see what we ment.

  • maryland man

    start a petition and get the right to a ccw on the ballot thats it who ever in office that wont sign it dont reelect them

  • Matt

    Criminals don’t follow laws, they don’t get there guns legally so how is preventing peoples 2nd amendment going to prevent crime? All that does is keep good people from protecting themselves. Look what happened with prohibition. Organized crime, bootlegging people being killed over alcohol sales! Really? All i’m saying is give people the rights they deserve. Criminals like I said don’t follow laws so why think like an idiot that your keeping them at bay your just screwing with good people.

  • Paw

    I will be driving from Wisconsin to Florida and back, I will have to go about 150 mi out of my way Just so I can carry. Thats about $450 of my cash Illinois lost out on

    • Barry Williams

      $450 to go 150 miles out of your way? Seems high to me. Don’t get me wrong though because I see it your way. Having to modify your travel because of draconian and unreasonable enforcement of police powers is outrageous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sublimeinal.thadj Sublimeinal Thadj

    we are gonna wait four years to act about something ? PATHETIC WE ARE THE PEOPLE WE ARE THE BOOLD MUSCLE AND LUNGS AND BRAINS OF THIS COUNTRY AND WE HAVE LOST HEART????i see what i must do…get angry so you people wake up……WAKE UP AND GET ANGRY!!!!

  • NoGaMEZ

    VERMONT……more states need to be more like you!
    Gotta love vermont!!!!!
    Perfect representation of a state with virtually no criminal activity……
    Because everyone can defend themselves!!!

  • dz

    Great English!

  • ng

    I visit family and friends in Il. periodically throughout the year. I travel with my weapon/s into Il. and follow the Federal as well as the Il. law regarding transport of weapons. Today I double checked the State website to see if anything changed and it hasn’t. My weapon/s are in a case, unloaded, with the action open so anyone can see it’s unloaded. Ammunition is kept separate. According to the site, the ammunition can be in the same container and even in a magazine or rapid loader as long as the gun is empty. My advice, keep it separate! If you keep your situational awareness high, you’ll have plenty of time to grab the weapons, load t and be able to defend yourself. In Il. you’ll probably have to go to court to defend yourself but think of the bright side, you’ll be alive to do so. Then it’s up to 12 reasonable people to determine your fate so make sure you had NO alternative. That in fact is true of any place and even for LEOs. Be well and stay safe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/plumberdanahs Dan Cox

    ILL-Anoy, The Land of Liberals.

  • rafa

    so how old do you need to be to get a concealment permit in il?

    • Barry Williams

      You can’t get a concealed carry permit in Illinois.

  • James Otis

    I’ll bet every gangsta in Chicago has an FOID. Illinois’ strict laws has pretty much eliminated gun death, haven’t they?……Haven’t they?……..

  • Reese Dickson

    I find having to get a FOID card to own a firearm is an infrengement on my rights…The right to own and bear arms shall not be ” infringed”

  • grunt

    I lived in Chicago for 54 yrs. I made it in Vietnam, and don’t want to die in Chicago, so I moved to Nevada where you can carry a gun in the open or get a cc permit. the gun law’s are great here. we don’t have the drive by’s and car jacking you have.chicago said one time it be like the old west. to let people carry a gun. that’s a lie.i really feel sorry for you people who live in IL’ its like living in Vietnam. but in Vietnam we had a rifle. god bless you people.

  • Mike

    If I am a felon in Florida but I now reside in Illinois can I still get an Illinois conceal carry permit I have a FOID card so I assume they would give me a permit

  • topdog

    Illinois has always had way to many laws influenced by the politicians that will of course grant a wish, If you promise in the form of a large donation to promote them during an election. Seems a lot of the CC, and other laws are destroyed by those that support these people in office. Quinn has been of the rock for along time, and seems to attract others to sit on the rock of Idiots. Yes we need to find people that work for the people and not against the people in the next election, BUT where will we find that person, as most have learn that the honest way will not keep them in office. AND then we have the So called president that is also from the land of idiots.

  • CC AT LAST

    Why does the map show Mississippi as honoring IL permits ?

  • thinking out loud

    Just one question about the CCP for Illinois and the 2nd amendment. I wonder how many Latin Kings, Gangster Disciples and vice lords were around when Jefferson and the rest od the crew wrote the 2nd amendment. Oh, and how many automatic hand guns and assault rifles were owned and being used for protection by everyday folks then. One last question – how many people were being raped, carjacked, robbed or killed and left in car trunks and rivers. To those of you who think that simply allowing everyone to carry a gun is going to stop the senseless violence in Chicago and other areas, here is a little wake-up food for thought. More Innocence people will die as a result of reckless firearm use, (guns tend to give one a very false sense of Security), More family members and children will die because of poor or non-existent gun safety in the home (Shotgun loaded and sitting by the front door) , our prison population will grow because the average citizen doesn’t have a clue as to what the law defines as justifiable use of deadly force, and they usually get this valuable education from the judge at the same time they are being sentenced to 20 years to life. Yep, let’s go ahead and give everyone a 9mm or assault rifle. Hell, the worst that can happen is we will truly have population control, and once it goes into law I am going to start selling cut-rate short term life insurance and buy a funeral parlor!! Capitalism, what a great CONCEPT

    • Slim

      Why do you think that everyone is as stupid as you are?

  • Michael W

    Illinois is absolutely crazy. I was born in a state of open carry and no license then I move to this place and get my rights stripped away. Then Obama signs the damn UN gun ban provision so he’s helping take guns from people worldwide. Illinois has their last two governors in jail and this one is a moron. Wake up Illinois!!!

  • Derekf900

    Agreed !!

  • Gerald Thom

    All States should use the same requirements for concealed carry. A person could get into trouble traveling in other than a Motor Home when crossing state lines. A laws should be the same and reciprocal in all States.

  • David W. Barrow III, J.D.

    This is NOT correct:

    Non- residents must be legally eligible to possess or acquire firearms and ammunition in their state of residence. It is recommended that, in order to be in compliance with all statutes, non-residents transport all firearms:
    Unloaded, and
    Enclosed in a case, and
    Not immediately accessible or broken down in a nonfunctioning state.

    The CORRECT statement is found in Sec. 40(e) of the bill:

    “sub(e) Safe Passage. A non-resident may transport a concealed firearm
    within a vehicle if it remains within the vehicle and is eligible to carry the firearm in public in his/her home state.”

  • David W. Barrow III, J.D.

    In the Q&A above the statements are made:

    Non- residents must be legally eligible to possess or acquire firearms and ammunition in their state of residence. It is recommended that, in order to be in compliance with all statutes, non-residents transport all firearms:
    Unloaded, and
    Enclosed in a case, and
    Not immediately accessible or broken down in a nonfunctioning state.

    This is NOT true. The bill includes a Safe Harbor clause which is Sec. 40(e) as follows:
    sub(e) Safe Passage. A non-resident may transport a concealed firearm within a vehicle
    if it remains within the vehicle and is eligible to carry the firearm in public in his/her home state.

  • David W. Barrow III, J.D.

    Illinois Waiver
    by David W. Barrow III, JD

    The bill that was sent to the Governor
    is Illinois House Bill 183 (revision 5)

    On pages 13-14 there is the following:

    “Section 30. Contents of license application.
    (…. )
    a waiver of the applicant’s privacy and confidentiality rights and
    privileges under all federal and state laws, including those
    limiting access to juvenile court, criminal justice, psychological,
    or psychiatric records or records relating to any
    institutionalization of the applicant, and an affirmative request
    that a person having custody of any of these records provide it or
    information concerning it to the Department;

    This paragraph scares the hell out of me!

    Personally,
    I am neither an Illinois resident nor do I intend to apply for a
    non-resident license as I am licensed in Wisconsin. I don’t know
    about you but I would think long and hard about giving anyone that
    kind of a waiver – especially in view of all the limits on
    concealed carry in the bill. It appears to be aimed at mental health
    but doesn’t have any limits on the face of it. I believe that it
    only a matter of time until this paragraph is used to access some
    very personal information, such as your tax return, and the
    information is leaked to a reporter.

  • Lycan

    Why not let the people who commit crimes with firearms and get out of jail or probation,,pay hefty fines to fund the good people of illinois right to legally bear arms so we are not punished by permit fees,and classroom fees.we have done nothing wrong and why should we be penalized!

  • Whatsonthe Sargesmind

    I am an Illinois resident and Illinois security officers with 20 hours of firearm training are exempt from the 16 hour class

  • Whatsonthe Sargesmind

    You need the FOID card before you can get a ccp and you have to carry both your ccp and FOID while you carry your firearm

  • Golden Eagle

    On July 9 2013 the Ill carry laws did change (slightly better). So take notice of how old the following posts are.

  • philip deluca

    Illinois Concealed carry permit

    • Jamie Boo

      pretty

  • philip deluca

    I want some clarification here and some advice. I am not new to carrying a firearm but I have some concerns and if anyone can answer this please feel free. I am a Illinois resident. I have worked security for 19 years of which 16 of them I carried a firearm.
    Illinois says if you have a 20 hour firearms class as a armed guard your exempt from the 16 hours but yet when you apply they ask for a valid Firearms Control Card. Which most people go through the class and retire from security or took the class and something better came along. Illinois still makes us go through the 16 hour class because we don’t have active FCC when the law clearly states 20 hours state training we are exempt from the 16 hour class.
    Now I have 2 active and valid FCC’s I also have a Wisconsin FCC, a Utah CCW and a Pennsylvania CCW. Yet my own state denied me. For you lawyers out there can you help me and some friends of mine. Below is a copy of the letter.

  • jlewsader

    “Illinois allows residents of other states carry a concealed firearm in their vehicle if they are can legally carry a firearm in public under the laws of their state or territory of residence and are not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law.”
    Where is this stated? Everywhere I look still says it must be unloaded, cases, &/or broke down.

  • Mark

    I am in Oregon. Permit is both Utah and Oregon. How can I get an OUT-OF-STATE permit for Illinois??