Illinois Gun Control Laws
When it comes to guns, safety always comes first, both for gun owners and the general public. However, balancing those two interests can be tricky.
Both federal and state gun laws apply in Illinois. Federal laws, such as the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the National Firearms Act, largely determine the legality of various firearm types. State gun laws, on the other hand, tend to regulate who can purchase or possess firearms, how they may do so, and firearm possession locations.
In Illinois, gun control laws:
- Prohibit the sale, use, or possession of certain weapons outright, including fully automatic machine guns, armor-piercing bullets, and silencers.
- Impose a three-day (72 hours) waiting period for prospective gun buyers.
- Require buyers and users to meet certain eligibility criteria for gun ownership.
- Add strict penalties for illegally possessing guns in specific locations, such as schools.
Illinois Gun Control Laws at a Glance
For more information on some of the main provisions of Illinois gun control laws, see the table below.
Illinois Statutes Criminal Offense, Chapter 720, Section 5/24.1 through 5/24.3
Illinois Statutes, Public Safety, Chapter 430, Sections 65 through 67
|Illegal Arms||The following firearms are illegal to possess:
You must wait 72 hours in between firearm purchase and possession.
|Who May Not Own||
|Concealed Carry License Required?||Illinois requires you to obtain a Concealed Carry License (CCL) to carry a concealed firearm.|
|Open Carried Allowed?||
|Eligibility for a Concealed Carry License||Different eligibility rules apply for residents and non-residents. As a resident, you must:
|Machine Gun Laws||Illegal to own|
|Penalties for Illegal Firearm Possession||
If found guilty of violating these firearm laws, you can face imprisonment and/or a fine. The following penalties are per firearm:
|Penalties for Illegal Possession On or Near School Grounds||
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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Gun control laws can be complicated, both at the federal and state levels. These laws also change constantly. To stay current on the gun control laws and to help defend yourself if you're facing criminal charges, you should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney that specializes in gun laws.
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