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In Illinois, you can only conceal carry firearms. The state does not permit open carry except in particular situations.
Open carry is only for activities like hunting, in local areas. But this depends on the counties' firearm regulations.
To deal with firearms in the state, you must be familiar with the gun laws.
Illinois issues concealed carry licenses to anybody that meets all requirements to do so.
The state police department is in charge of processing the permit, and it is a shall-issue state.
The police have the discretion to either accept or reject applications, but fair hearing is given to those that have rejected applications.
A review board will be in charge of the hearing, and after investigation, the board will make a final decision.
No. Open carry is illegal in Illinois, and you are not permitted to do so either on you or in a vehicle.
Illinois is a non-permissive state for open carry. This means that gun laws prohibit the open carry of firearms in the state.
The state also has restrictions on the possession of firearms.
Armored piercing firearms and machine guns that make more than one shot after pulling the trigger are prohibited.
The only exception is if law enforcement officers are using these guns.
|State permit for open carry.||No||No||Open carry is illegal in Illinois with or without a permit.|
|Firearm registrations for open carry.||No||No||Illinois does not require firearms registration|
|Assault weapon for open carry.||No||No||The use of armor-pierced firearms is not allowed in Illinois.|
|Magazine limit||No||No||Illinois statutes do not state any firearm magazine limit except cook county that prohibits high-end magazines defined as those that have ten round ammunitions or more|
|License for the owner of a firearm.||Not required||Not required||There is no license issued for owning a firearm.|
|Red flag law||Yes||Yes||The state can issue a protection or restriction order prohibiting possession of firearms.|
|Castle doctrine law||Yes||Yes||Illinois is a castle doctrine state, and you have to stand your ground against an intruder in your home.|
|Background check for private dealers||Yes||Yes||A background check is compulsory for all dealers in the state, the process to this is by verifying the firearm identification number|
|Preemption||Yes||Yes||Idaho gun laws supersede that of any local government law in the state.|
|Concealed carry permit.||No||Yes||You must obtain a concealed carry license for weapons in the state. But this is only available for handguns.|
|Concealed carry in personal vehicle||No||Yes||You can conceal carry in your vehicle with your license.|
|Open carry in Schools||No||No||You cannot openly possess your firearm in schools, colleges, universities, and every other technical institution.|
Here are the places where you can possess your firearm in Illinois:
Illinois gun law prohibits the possession of firearms in the following places.
Some of the frequently asked questions about open carry in Illinois include the following:
No. Open carry is not legal in Illinois, and you cannot do so with a license.
To possess and transport a firearm in Illinois, you must be at least eighteen years old.
The minimum age requirement to apply for a concealed carry license in Illinois is twenty-one years old.
Yes. A family member or law enforcement officer can file a petition to prohibit a person’s possession of firearms as long as the person is a threat to himself or another person.
No. Illinois does not recognize constitutional carry in the state.
Illinois prohibits the possession of ballistic and throwing star knives.
Yes, the state prohibits armored piercing firearms, and there are provisions as to what properties of weapons are not acceptable.
Yes, you must apply for the state’s firearm identification card before you can buy a firearm.
Yes. All dealers of a firearm in the state, either private, state, or federally licensed, must verify a buyer’s identification card before completing sales of a gun to them.
Also, your concealed carry license does not exempt you from the check.
You must wait for seventy-two hours to complete your identification card verification before buying a firearm.
Illinois issues non-residents concealed carry license only to residents of the following states:
No, except an officer asks you directly, you are not under any obligation to notify about your possession of a firearm.
You have an obligation to self-defense in your home of residence, and Illinois state laws do not accept the prosecution of anyone defending his or her home.
The license is valid for five years after which you have to apply for a renewal.
You can start renewing your license ninety days to the expiry date.
Yes. You must complete a sixteen hours training class conducted by a state-certified instructor.
Some of the Illinois laws related to open carry in the state include the following:
Illinois law does not specify a limit for firearm magazines in the state. However, Cook County in Illinois has a ban or high capacity magazines.
Here, high capacity magazines are those that will accept an ammunition round of more than ten.
Illinois has restrictions on the types of firearms allowed in the state.
The state prohibits armor-piercing bullets that have the following properties:
However, this description does not include handguns made from fragile materials like lead, zinc, copper, or their alloys mainly manufactured for professional sporting events.
Also, Illinois prohibits a full metal jacket handgun for firearms training because of jacket weight and gun composition.
Residents of Illinois that want to buy a firearm must first apply for an identification card.
Even if the resident buys the weapon from another state, the firearm identification card and Illinois identification are requirements to ship it into the state.
Illinois statutes allow the usage of posts and signage to prohibit the possession of firearms in the state.
Any building or location that carries firearm prohibition signs must post them at the entrance, in a place where all will see it.
The sign is a notice to anyone entering the building that they are not allowed to do so with firearms, regardless of permit possession.
Illinois statutes also require that all signs for this purpose be of four inches by six inches in size.
Anybody that violates a no weapon sign law is guilty of a misdemeanor categorized as class B in Illinois.
If the person subsequently violates this law, that is a class A misdemeanor, and the person might have his or her license suspended for at least six months.
According to section sixty-five of Illinois law relating to this act, a third violation will lead to a license revoked with a fine of one hundred and fifty dollars’ payable to a mental health fund, and any other additional court cost.
Illinois has preemption gun laws, and the state government has the domineering authority to finalize laws concerning the usage of firearms.
However, local governments can regulate gun laws in their territory for the following cases:
Section sixty-six of firearm laws in Illinois allows a family member or an officer of the law to submit a petition to a court of law, in order to restrict the possession of a person’s use of firearms in the state.
You are not allowed to intimidate anybody using a firearm in the state.
Intimidation here is intentionally using a firearm to influence a person’s communication either directly or indirectly while threatening to inflict harm on the person.
If found guilty, you will face prosecution for this in the state.
It is a prohibition to handle firearms under the influence of alcohol in the state.
This also includes under the influence of any drug or intoxicating substance, as explained by the state’s vehicle code standards.
You are not allowed to possess a firearm during hunting activity in Illinois, and this also includes possession of concealed firearms.
The only exception to this law is if the firearm you are using is lawful for the type of game you are hunting.
Illinois also has hunter harassment laws to protect hunting activities in the state.
They include the following: