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Important Things You Should Know About Carrying a Concealed Weapon in IllinoisThe 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.

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