The Second Amendment may protect your right to bear arms, but it is not an unlimited right. In fact, the law imposes several restrictions on the purchase, ownership, and use of firearms. Failure to adhere to them, intentionally or not, places you at risk for a weapons charge. At the Fotopoulos Law Office, we strive to protect you from the consequences of such charges. Dedicated to helping you achieve the most favorable outcome possible, we will take swift and immediate action in your case.Required Licenses and Permits in Illinois
Anyone who wishes to legally purchase a firearm in Illinois must have a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card. In addition, those who wish to carry a concealed weapon in public must have a concealed carry permit. State law does not permit ownership of a FOID card or carry permit for convicted felons or certain adjudicated juveniles. Minors under the age of 18, individuals considered mentally impaired, and individuals who are addicted to certain controlled substances are also barred from obtaining a licensing or permit for the purchase or concealed carrying of a firearm.
Owning, carrying, purchasing, or discharging a weapon without a license or permit can result in serious criminal charges that have potentially life-altering consequences. Individuals who are banned from obtaining a license or permit are considered to be at an especially high risk for severe penalties. Our attorney serves as an aggressive advocate to those facing misdemeanor and felony weapons charges. Backed by more than 15 years of experience, we fight to protect your rights and your future.Prohibitions on Weapon Types and Locations
Certain weapons, such as bludgeons, sling-shots, knuckle weapons, switchblades, and throwing stars are still illegal to own, purchase, or possess. There are also certain locations that ban the carry of a concealed weapon. These locations include (but are not limited to):
- Schools and daycare facilities,
- Bars or another place where alcohol is served,
- Public transit,
- Fairs and festivals,
- Parks and playgrounds,
- Gambling facilities,
- Zoos and amusement parks,
- Jails and other detention centers,
- Hospitals and mental health facilities,
- Nuclear power plants, and
- Nursing homes.
Failure to adhere to any of these restrictions can result in a weapons charge, even for those that have the proper weapons licensing and permits. If you or someone you love is facing weapons charges for the purchase, possession, or use of an illegal weapon, or for possessing a weapon in a restricted area, contact our attorney and obtain the skilled representation that you deserve.Tinley Park Weapons Charges Attorney
At the Fotopoulos Law Office, we work hard to protect the futures of our clients. Known for our dedication and personalized touch, we will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible in your misdemeanor or felony weapons case. Contact us at 708-942-8400 and schedule your consultation. We assist clients throughout Orland Park, Tinley Park, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Homer Glen, Mokena, Bedford Park, Palos Heights, and northern Illinois.