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Important Things You Should Know About Carrying a Concealed Weapon in Illinois

Concealed WeaponThe right to own firearms is part of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution and cannot be taken away by the government. However, lawmakers in each state have the authority to make their own laws pertaining to the use, sale, distribution, and ownership of firearms and to legally restrict certain people from owning one. In Illinois, owning a firearm is legal and even carrying a concealed firearm can be legal. If you are a firearm owner, there are a few things you should know about carrying a concealed weapon in Illinois.

You Must Possess the Proper Licensure

In the state of Illinois, if you want to carry a concealed weapon with you, you must first obtain both a firearm owner identification (FOID) card and a concealed carry license (CCL). Everyone in the state who owns a firearm must possess a FOID card, while only those who wish to carry a concealed weapon must also have a CCL. To be eligible for a CCL, there are a variety of requirements, such as:

  • Possessing a current and valid FOID card
  • Not being convicted of more than two DUI charges or misdemeanor or felony charges involving violence
  • Successfully completing the required firearms training

Carrying a concealed weapon without having a CCL or having it in your possession can result in serious criminal charges.

There are Certain Places You Cannot Carry a Concealed Weapon

Even though you are permitted to carry a concealed weapon once you have received your CCL, there are still certain places that you are prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon by Illinois law, including:

  • Schools, colleges, universities, and child-care facilities
  • City, county, and state government offices and related facilities
  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Public transportation and their related facilities
  • Bars and other establishments that mostly serve alcohol
  • Public playgrounds and parks
  • Casinos and racetracks
  • Stadiums and other facilities used for sporting events
  • Public libraries, amusement parks, zoos and museums
  • Areas where firearms are prohibited under federal law
  • Businesses and other properties that have “no firearms” signs posted
A Will County Weapons Charges Defense Attorney has the Knowledge You Need for Your Case

Any weapons charges you may be facing are serious; there is no such thing as a small weapons charge, especially when it comes to carrying a concealed weapon. At the Law Office of John S. Fotopoulos, P.C., we understand the gravity of weapons charges and will fight to protect your future. With more than 15 years of experience defending clients from various criminal charges, our skilled Joliet, IL, weapons charges defense lawyer can help you with your case. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 708-942-8400.


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