State Gun Laws for Illinois

Illinois State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.

Illinois Gun Laws

Illinois Gun Laws

Licensing/Registration
Rifles/Shotguns
Handguns
Permit to Purchase
Yes
Yes
Firearm Registration
Yes
Yes
Licensing of Owners
Yes
Yes
Permit to Carry
No
Yes
Legal Liabilities
Responsibility
*'Special places' mentioned in statute, such as:
home, workplace, occupied vehicle.
Duty to retreat before using deadly force outside of special places
No
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force outside of special places
Yes
Duty to retreat before using deadly force when occupying special places
No
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force in special places (Presumption of Reasonableness)
No
Immunity from civil liability
Yes
Notable provisions of self-defense law in Illinois
N/A

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Illinois

Subject to municipal control. Handguns have been banned in some municipalities. Chicago requires registration of all firearms. A FOID is required to transport a handgun. 

Prior to applying for an Illinois CCW permit every applicant must first:

  •   Complete 16 hours of Concealed Carry firearms training provided by an ISP approved Instructor.
  •   Have an Electronic Copy of your training certificate(s). You will be required to upload your electronic certificate during the application process.
  •   Have an Illinois Digital I.D.

Illinois residents, to be Eligible for a Concealed Carry License must meet the following requirements.                                                                                                                                                                                               

  •   You are at least 21 years old.
  •    You have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card.
  •    You have not been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past 5 years.
  •   You do not have 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years.
  •   You are not subject to a pending arrest warrant, prosecution or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm.
  •   You have not been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years.
  •   You may be eligible if you satisfy the above and no objections are filed by law enforcement.

To access the Illinois state police website and to apply for a CCW: Click Here

The cost is $150 for 5 years for Illinois residents and $300 for 5 years for out-of-state residents. You can also call the Illinois State Police @ (217) 782-7980.


 State Gun Laws Illinois IL 

Illinois Sate Gun Laws Vary From All Other States

State gun laws vary significantly from in Illinois to all other states. The laws identify different gun related laws including the possession, the use, and the sale of firearms and ammunition, and in some states it even regulates accessories that can be used on the gun including the capacity of magazine sizes for both semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Also, many states even including Illinois have regulations regarding the number of rounds that can be in a shotgun tube or magazine. (For Hunting) There are even specific gun laws unique to the District of Columbia and for US held territories.

Many state gun laws are even more restrictive than federal laws in both their content, their form, and the restriction of what types of weapons and ammunition can be sold within the state and the manner in which they can be possessed by state or territorial residents. It is vital that all residents of Illinois know ALL of the State Gun Laws!

As of 2019 there are 44 states that have some special provisions in their state constitutions that are very similar in language used in the second amendment of the United States Constitution, specifically language which protects the citizens of the State the rights to keep and bear arms.

In Illinois As In All States You Must Know The Gun Laws

The states which are well known to be anti-gun, and seem to have obvious political leanings against the Second Amendment are New York, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota and Maryland. Luckily, in the US supreme court decision of McDonald vs. Chicago; That the protections of the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms for self defense in one’s home apply against state governments and their politically motivated provisions, thereby preventing a state from abolishing completely any second amendment protections afforded by the US Constitution.

Typically, and in many cases State Gun Laws (Firearms) of Illinois are usually less restrictive than federal laws yet is not always the case, and one must be aware of these restrictions anytime they are purchasing or carrying a firearm in Illinois especially while using a concealed carry permit and traveling between states. There are many states that have reciprocity agreements and Illinois may be one of them, the recipocity are very specific on what states your particular permit will be accepted and recognized.

If You Travel From Illinois With A Gun Know The Recipocity Laws!

Keep in mind that although your Illinois permit may have a reciprocity agreement with a state you plan to visit the visiting state may have individual gun restrictions preventing your particular firearm or type of ammunition from being in their state, it is always wise to do your homework before traveling, keep in mind that a reciprocity CCW permit is not a blanket approval.

Remember this does not automatically include any de jure immunity against prosecution for violating any Illinois state gun laws or possible violations of any federal gun laws!

It should be noted that Illinois state and local police departments are generally not legally required or obligated to enforce federal gun laws as per the US Supreme Court ruling in Printz vs. The United States.

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