ILLINOIS GUN LAWS

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Essential things to know about concealed carry in Illinois.
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Illinois gun laws require residents  to have a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card to possess a firearm or ammunition. There is a waiting period of 72 hours after buying a handgun to take possession of it. Concealed carry licenses are issued by the state police to applicants who have passed a 16 hour training course and are at least 21 years old. Non-resident permits are available for residents of four states, AR, MS, TX, VA and Non-residents are also exempt from having a FOID card if they possess a valid CCW permit from their home state.

Illinois CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks SEE DETAILS
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted NO
Carry In Restaurants SEE DETAILS
Constitutional Carry NO

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How Reciprocity Works In Illinois

Illinois will not honor any other states concealed carry permits. They will however issue non-resident concealed carry licenses to residents of four states;

  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • Virginia

These states have been assessed as having substantially similar firearms laws to Illinois laws. This list is being continually updated as more states are identified as having similar CCW laws to Illinois.

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

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CCW License Overview
Concealed carry licenses are issued by the Illinois State Police on a "Shall Issue" policy. However, Illinois differs from other states in that they still give law enforcement the right to object to a CCW license being issued if they think the applicant is a danger to public safety or themselves. If the police do object then the case is heard by the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board who will make the final decision if a license is issued. The applicant is notified by mail of the boards decision.

Another way Illinois differs from other states is that applicants will require a FOID card before they make the application. The FOID card is needed in Illinois to purchase and possess firearms.

Non-Resident Licenses
Illinois currently only grants non-resident CCW licenses to residents of states that have substantially similar concealed carry laws to those in Illinois. There are only four states on this list, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia. Residents from other states are however allowed to travel through Illinois if they have a valid CCW license from their home state.
Handgun Training
A 16 hour firearms training course by a state approved instructor is required for all new CCCW license applications. The course consists of;
  1. Firearms Safety
  2. Principles of marksmanship
  3. Cleaning and loading of firearm
  4. State and federal laws on firearms
  5. Handling a firearm - Range training with minimum of 30 rounds. You will need to fire 10 rounds from 5 yards, then 7 yards and then 10 yards.
A full list of instructors can be obtained from the state website.

Exemptions
Members of the military and persons who have completed a firearms training course in other states that has been approved by Illinois can obtain a credit of 8 hours of the required 16 hour course.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • At least 21 years old
  • You have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card (FOID)
  • 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
  • Federal law requirements

A FOID Card will be required to purchase a firearm or ammunition

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FOID Card

Firearm Owners Identification Card

All Illinois residents that possess or purchase a firearm or ammunition within the state must have in their possession a valid Firearm Owners Identification card (FOID) issued in their name.
Learn More
We have a separate page giving step by step directions on how to obtain a FOID card, appealing decisions, fees, renewals and more.

Illinois Concealed Handgun Forms

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Illinois: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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Places Off-Limits In Illinois

  • Public or private elementary or secondary school.
  • Pre-school or child care facility
  • Any building, parking area, or portion of a building under the control of an officer of the executive or legislative branch of government
  • Circuit court, appellate court, or the Supreme Court
  • Any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government
  • Adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison, or jail
  • Public or private hospital or hospital affiliate, mental health facility, or nursing home
  • Public bus, train, or form of transportation paid for with public funds
  • Establishment that serves alcohol on its premises, if more than 50% of the establishment’s gross receipts within the prior 3 months is from the sale of alcohol
  • Any public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public
  • Any building or real property that has been issued a Special Event Retailer’s license
  • Public playground
  • Public park, athletic area, or athletic facility
  • Property under the control of the Cook County Forest Preserve District
  • Any building, classroom, laboratory, medical clinic, hospital, artistic venue, athletic venue, entertainment venue, officially recognized university-related organization property, including parking areas, sidewalks, and common areas under the control of a public or private community college, or university
  • Gaming facility licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975, including an inter-track wagering location
  • Any stadium, arena, or the real property or parking area under the control of a stadium, arena, or any collegiate or professional sporting event
  • Public library
  • Airport
  • Amusement park
  • Zoo or museum
  • Any street, driveway, parking area, property, building, or facility, owned, leased, controlled, or used by a nuclear energy, storage, weapons, or development site or facility regulated by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed In Illinois

  • State parks – see details
  • State and national forests
  • Vehicle – see details
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in February 2018 that the ban on carry near a public park is unconstitutional.

430 ILCS 66/65 - Off limits

History Of Illinois Gun Laws

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Learn The History of Illinois Gun Laws

1949

Illinois passed a law banning concealed carry of firearms in 1949.

1962

The 1949 law is revised and now bans the practice of concealed carry and open carry. Some counties were permitted to pass local laws to allow open carry but concealed carry was still banned in these counties.

1968

A further law was passed in 1968 requiring residents to have a FOID card to purchase or possess firearms or ammunition.

2012

Federal Court of Appeal rules in Moore v. Madigan that the Illinois ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional. The Federal court imposed a deadline of 180 days for the Illinois government to pass new laws reversing the 60 year ban on concealed carry. An extension of 30 days was later granted.

2013

This was then backed up by another case, on September 12, 2013 when the Illinois Supreme Court rules in People v. Aguilar that the state’s law “Aggravated Use Of A Weapon” banning concealed carry is unconstitutional.

2018

February 2018, see's the Illinois Supreme court rule that the ban on concealed carry near public parks is unconstitutional

Illinois Gun Sales & Preemption

Gun Sales

Illinois has a waiting period after purchasing a firearm before the purchaser can take possession of the weapon. The waiting period is 72 hours for a handgun and 24 hours for a shotgun or rifle. The purchaser must also have a FOID card issued by the State Police to purchase any firearm or ammunition.

Sales made by a Federal Firearms License holder require the seller to verify the FOID card via an automated dial up system (Firearm Transfer Inquiry Program) run by the state police. The same checks will also need to be done for any sales at a gun show.

Private Gun Sales

If a firearm is being sold privately then by law the seller must verify the purchasers FOID card and also keep a record of any sale for a period of 10 years. To verify the purchasers FOID card the seller must contact the state police and receive a transfer approval number via a phone call or web site.

Preemption

There is state preemption for all gun laws in Illinois. All prior restrictions made by local authorities relating to handguns are now rescinded. Local authorities cannot pass any new laws for handguns or long guns. However, laws relating to long guns that were in effect before the new gun laws came into effect in 2013 are still legally enforced.

430 ILCS 66 Section 90

Illinois Concealed Carry Laws

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Illinois Gun Laws To Know

NO - Must Inform Officer

There is nothing in Illinois gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are legally required to carry the permit/license at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun. If an officer requests to see the license then you must hand it over.

The Law
430 ILCS 66/10

YES

Illinois gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

The Law
430 ILCS 66/70
430 ILCS 66 Section 65(d)
1231.150 Administrative Rules

YES/NO

It is illegal to carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle without a permit/license. The statute does not apply however to the transportation of firearms that are:
1) broken down in a non-functioning state;
2) not immediately accessible; or
3) unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person with a currently valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card.

A person who is issued a valid concealed carry license is permitted to keep or carry a loaded or unloaded concealed handgun on or about his or her person within a vehicle.

There is another separate law for Non-Residents
A non-resident may transport a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle if they have a valid CCW permit in their home state. They cannot under any circumstances remove the firearm from the vehicle. If they need to exit the vehicle they must lock it or place the firearm in a locked container.

The Law
430 ILCS 66/40

NO - with or Without a permit

Open carrying a handgun on your person or in a vehicle with or without a license in Illinois is illegal. Even if you have a concealed permit you still cannot legally open carry.

The handgun must be concealed from view of the public.

YES

In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

Yes, unless the bar is posted. If a bar gets more than 50% of their income from selling alcohol then you cannot carry a firearm there.

YES

It is legal to carry in the following areas;

State Parks:    YES
State/National Forests:    YES (not in posted buildings)
State Wildlife Management Areas:    YES (not in posted buildings)
State Refuge or Nature Preserves:   NO
Road Side Rest Areas:   NO

IDNR Frequently Asked Questions

"Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
(Art. I, 22)
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Illinois Off-Limit Statutes

Other Illinois CCW Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Illinois CCW FAQ's

Frequently asked questions on illinois gun laws

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Illinois CCW Contact

Illinois State Police

Hours


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 801 South 7th Street

CitySpringfield, Il62703

Phone (217) 782-7980

 

Updates & Data Sources

Disclaimer

The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.

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  5. I’m an Arizona resident who will be going to school in Illinois. I’m not looking to carry, but to just go back and forth from my apt to the gun range. Is this possible since the AZ CCW is not recognized in IL?

  6. Going to Georgia, IL CCL is not honored there. I’ve read i can have a loaded gun inside my car, but cant take it out with me…..I am renting a vacation house there……is this going to be my (temporary) property? Any advise please?

  7. I am attempting to find out if i can store my shotguns in a gun safe at my mothers (who lives next door) she does Not have a FOID card.

  8. Can I have or keep my 9mm magazine loaded ready to use in side my house ?
    Please let me know
    Thanks

  9. If my elderly parent gift me a weapon, what do I have to do and what are the time limitations to do them for this weapon to be legal in the state of Illinois? Thank you in advance.

  10. If applied for ccl last year had to resubmit several times now. Last letter now states training certificate invalid. Same certificate instructor gave me. Its valid for 5 years. What do I do now???

  11. Can an appointed special process server who is an off duty cop open carry in Chicago when they are serving process?

  12. Is a former Illinois law enforcement officer who has completed the Mandatory 40-hour firearms training, required to complete a CCW course to carry.

    1. If I have a enhanced conceal carry license from Mississippi can I conceal carry in IL? Or do I need to go though IL police and get some other type of documentation from the state? I will only be there for 3 days

  13. Question about establishments that have the “no firearms” sign on the front. If there is a sign that clearly lays out that there are no guns aloud, who enforces the law if I do decide to bring a gun into these places? If it’s concealed and there’s no metal detector, how is it feasible to enforce the sign if they can’t see my gun?

  14. I took my ccl years ago. I can’t remember but I think the instructor told us that we’re suppose to show the license when asked and let them know where the firearm is located at.
    But he never said to get off the vehicle while they seArch the vehicle.

    My question is even if I’m illegally stopped, do I have to comply on getting off the vehicle? Does my 4th amendment have to get violated because they’ll used the excuse they fear for their lives because a gun in the vehicle even if the gun is legal.

  15. You must notify the officer that you are carrying if they request.
    “upon the request of the officer the licensee or non-resident shall disclose to the officer that he or she is in possession of a concealed firearm under this Act, or present the license upon the request of the officer “

  16. 08-20-060 is a Chicago only ordinance. Please update, correct and specific GUNSTOCARRY.COM

  17. I have a CCW from Indiana and planning to bring my G17 unloaded and locked up in a case in my trunk. But when I get to my hotel in Chicago, can I then load my G17 and keep it loaded in my hotel room locked in my case if the hotel doesn’t have a ban on firearms on their property?

    1. yes, as that is considered your place of residence for time being

  18. Illinois is a crummy state. North Carolina gives a CCL in 45 days and you don’t even need a permit to open carry. Its all about the money with Illinois and you wonder why people are leaving this state at a rapid rate.

  19. Passed renewal ccw class on 3/14/19. Original ccw expired 4/8/19. Can I still carry until ISP sends my new ccw.

    1. State sent a letter advising that ccw will be extended if application is made prior to expiration date.

  20. Did I understand correctly? I can carry my fire arm through the state in my car if I have a ccp?
    (From MS)

      1. Does this include motorcycles? I have bags and a trunk. Just want to travel through.

  21. If I have a ccw, and I go buy a handgun, why would I have to wait 3 days to pick it up? After all, I most likely have a handgun on me.

    1. It’s illinois’ attempt to lower suicide rates. The idea being, you can’t buy a gun and immediately shoot yourself. They call it a cool down period, or something like that.

      1. You misunderstood his point. If he already has a CCW and is carrying it, why would he need to wait 3 days to get another one? People also don’t suddenly change from being completely happy and content with life to being so despondent they kill themselves in one day.

        The real answer is because it is an arbitrary number of days set by people who are desperately trying to put as many stumbling blocks in the way of purchases as they can. Make people wait, make them fill out forms, make them submit document A, B, and C, make them take classes, make them pay license fees, publish their names and addresses, make laws as complex as possible to confuse and scare people, etc. A common argument for buying a firearm is protection against an immediate threat. If they block you from getting a firearm for 3 days, they hope you will just call the police or run away, rather than defending yourself. Rely on the government, because we all agree it knows what is best for you. lol

    2. The law was designed to handle “the heat of the moment” purchases. But the point is valid, if you possess a permit then you most likely already own a weapon so why the waiting period? If you are in the heat of the moment, you already have access to a firearm.

    1. Chicago 15, Cook County 10. On books but never challenged to date afaik. Law says state has preemption over handguns.

  22. My question is i bought a firearm at a gun shop in indiana about 6 years ago have no foid card nor ccw will i be able to register the same firearm in Chicago Illinois if i would move there.

    1. There is no registration but you will need to get a FOID card when you become an Illinois resident to legally posses it.

  23. Anyone know the penalty for carrying with an out of state ccw if something did happen while visiting Chicago? Thanks in advance

    1. Don’t visit Chicago. It’s a cesspool anyway. Trust me, I live 40 miles away.

  24. Ken ward is an instructor and is senile as can be. Must not be hard to pass his class

  25. Trying to contact Illinois State Police in Springfield Illinois to correct something on my renewed conceal carry Permit at their phone number 1-217-782-7980 and selecting any of the selections all I get is push a number for your request and all you get is leave a message and when you try you get message box full try again later. Is there another number to call

  26. Have been trying for two weeks to contact Illinois State Police in Springfield with no avail. the number 170878279

    1. Nicholas 2 weeks is NOTHING I’ve been trying for 3 months and get nobody. Try this # 217-782-7263. I’m not even sure anybody actually does any work at the state police in Springfield or at my district office I was there and only saw 2 people working there. If they do call you back it’s from an unknown number GOOD LUCK.

    2. try calling after6:00 pm . they are there until 7:00 pm and I have always gotten right through

  27. I am taking my conceal and carry 3 hour renewal class next month. I know you have to qualify shooting again at the range, but do you have to take a test on the information from the rest of the class?

    1. Just took the renewal class. No, there is no test on the rest of the information.

  28. I will be coming to Illinois in for a week of trail riding and camping in May. I have a Conceal Carry License in Texas. Will I be able to conceal carry in Illinois while I am out camping and riding.

    1. This page clearly states that Illinois does not honor any other concealed carry licenses, so no. You can keep it loaded in your vehicle, but you can’t take it out.

    2. Not unless you apply and receive a non resident license. TX is one of 4 states that can be approved.

      1. Another Texan here. Can that non-resident CCW be applied via online, mail, or does it require an in person visit to ISP? Overall timeframe?

  29. Michigan residents with Michigan ccw but living part time in a downtown Chicago apartment. Dont care about carrying but my question is am I legally allowed to have a few handguns inside my apartment ? also is there a 10 round mag ban?

  30. Hello,
    Does anyone know where I can find information about hand gun magazine capacity/limits in Chicago, IL? I have tried a few spots and they do not provide consistent information. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Looking for same info i here there some sort of home law in place for magazine capacity i can’t find nothing on it the say 12 rounds as many clips as you can conceal

    2. Check Chicago muni code. 15 rounds. On books but state has handgun preemption. Not challenged yet

  31. I am a Indiana resident and have a conceal carry permit. The way I’m reading this it is saying that if I find myself in Illinois I can only have my gun in my vehicle and cannot carry it on me anywhere or to anyplace since I’m not a resident…is that correct? Also that I cannot apply for a FOID card since I’m not from one of those 4 states? And that pretty much no matter what, because I cannot get a FOID card because I’m not allowed, even though I have a CC permit in my state) I just cannot carry in Illinois ever?

    1. I think you can apply for a nonresident carry permit, but you must take the two day class and pass the shooting proficiency test.

    2. You would be correct. Gun is to be concealed in car at all times. It cannot leave, if it does they will arrest you if they are notified.

    3. You read it right. Unless you are from one of the four states that Illinois recognizes you have to leave the gun in your car.

  32. I am the owner of a Glock 19x and it has magazines that carry 17 or 19. I live in Chicago. Would I be breaking the law if my magazines hold more than 10 rounds?

    1. According to my research and in talking to gun shops, it is illegal. I purchased a smaller mag.

  33. I registered my finger prints about 12 years ago , for a cow . How long do they stay on file? Good

    1. Prints previously filed are not valid for CCL. Going to need to spend another $70ish to include prints using an official state vendor.

  34. I have my CCW for Illinois and I am a resident of IL. Where can I have fingerprinting done to obtain a Florida CCW?

  35. I received a notification from the Gun range where I certified for my CCW, now I am getting come in and pay $50 to get re-certified. Is this a scam or do we really need to do this?

    1. Yes you need to take another 4 hours to get re-certified. Mine is up on 5/30 I just took a class in early January for $60 at the Wheaton gun Club. The cost of the renewal is another fee (I think its $150). I’m getting out of Illinois as soon as my kid graduates from High School very soon. Apparently I can’t buy an AR style shotgun from Buds Gun Shop as AR and AK styles are prohibited (as they claim) yet I can still go and buy one from a gun shop. This state sucks, every day my rights are taken away more and more by idiots. I follow all the rules and jump through hoops for what? High taxes and a bunch of whiners crying about anything and everything. I’m off to a gun friendly state where intelligent like minded people live.

      1. I had the same problem with Buds gunship as well. They kept telling me I lived in cook county and I could not buy an AR15. I live near the border and can throw a rock from my house in DuPage to Cook county. After talking to my ffl dealer he called buds and had them pull my address and click the drop down button and like magic they apologized and let me order my AR15.

      2. Lemmon I TOTALLY agree with you Illinois SUCKS they revoked my FOID/CCW for something I said out of frustration which 3 medical people said and then a 4th one told them that in a $600 Forensic Evaluation which I needed for a appeal which was sent to them over 29 weeks ago and I can’t find out anything from Springfield as nobody answers phones there

    2. The renewal for your Concealed Carry is three hours and depends where you go it can go anywhere from $60-$85 I’m going to shoot Point Blank it’s $65 it take three hour class to resubmit it to the state police it’s $154 and change. Our work out I got my letter from the Illinois State police telling me that the renewal is three hours class . Hope this works

  36. Good luck calling the ISP customer service line. I have called 24 times and always get the ‘we are busy’ call later recording.
    I’m trying to find out why the renewal is advertised as $75 and when I finish and go to pay it asks for $150?????

    1. The class for renewal is between 60 and $80 your state police application is somewhere around $154

    2. Nail I’ve been trying for 3 months to get through to customer service the high call volume message 8:30-5:00 you get the same message before 8:30 so they know before the day starts they are going to have a busy busy day

  37. Is a CC license considered invalid if the address is not updated but still lives in Illinois?

    1. No! As long as your driver’s license is the updated address. But it’s advised to update your ccw asap

  38. Every state should ban ILL if ILL wont honor another states ccw. Fair is fair

    1. Illinois has some terrible legislators. With that being said I would hate to see good states pass bad legislation to limit our rites because of this. I have a IL ccw and appreciate the acceptance of other states. I assure you the states decision on this issue is not of gun owners in Illinois. We must obey Chicago.

      1. The Constitution is my law. I CC always, everywhere, especially when visiting Chicago.

        1. Just be damn careful it’s not seen when using public transit. Chicago PD do not take that lightly. I saw a man on the EL brutally taken down after refusing to comply with the cops. And the penalties for cc while using public transit are even more brutal. That being said I agree with you and do the same but have it in a lock and key backpack with a cc pouch that is nearly impossible to detect by sight or feel due to the padding which looks perfectly normal.

  39. I have a valid CCL from Texas and I am going to drive from Texas to Illinois and deliver the vehicle. I then will fly back to Texas. Will I have any problems at O’Hare if I place the hand gun in a locked case inside my checked luggage and notify the ticket agent? Also while in Illinois, I adhere to all of Illinois laws pertaining to Texans carrying to or thru the state.

  40. Are there any exemptions for active duty military? i.e Off-limit areas, or honoring a different state’s permit? I’m stationed in TN, and wondering if I should get an IL permit or TN permit. Thanks in advance.

    1. Active duty or not if you are off base in any state you are still required to have your ccw. to the best of my knowledge the only exemptions active duty military are privy too is that you do not need a foid card to apply for your ccw. Also you only need to attend an 8 hour course instead of the 16 hour course civilians have to take. I am not 100 on this but I’m pretty sure. A quick google search “active duty military ccw illinois laws” should yield the results you are looking for.

      1. I’m active Army, FL resident and CCW holder. met all Illinois requirement’s
        However, Illinois will not issue an CCW because I do not have an Illinoil drivers license.
        And no, I’m not surrendering my FL drivers license.

  41. Can you legally open carry in Illinois on your own property without a ccw license?

    1. Was told by. Concealed carry class instructor,you can carry a concealed weapon,pistol,on your property,including the parking strip beyond your sidewalk to the street.

      1. Once you are on the street it is considered state property and you can be arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment and a slew of other charges depending on the judge and prosecutors stance on gun control. I was also told this by my ccw instructor. I took the class some time in 2017 so maybe the laws regarding open carry on your own property have changed. As long as you aren’t waving it around like a lunatic you can open carry in your own yard in plain view of your neighbors. It also depends on where you live. Some villages, cities, municipalities, ect. have different rules and regulations regarding open carry outside your home. For example I cannot do yard work with a firearm strapped to my waist because my neighborhood association does not allow it. While it won’t get me in any legal trouble it would make me rather unpopular with the board.

  42. So can you carry a firearm concealed on your person, while hiking, at a state park without a permit

    1. Yes, but you must go through a transfer process. have the owner of the firearm come with you to any local gun shop and they will assist you with the paperwork and legal bs in order to legally transfer ownership. Do it the proper and legal way. You never know what kind of history that firearm may carry with it. I suggest reading up on instances of unlawful transfer of firearms that led to false imprisonment and murder charges because the firearm was used in a murder. If it’s in your position and your only defense is that Joe Schmoe gave it to you as a gift Mr. Schmoe will deny any such accusation. Moral of the story better safe than sorry so do it by the book.

  43. Wen are we gonna get a constitutional carry order in affect? our constitution never said we had to conceal.

    1. Why would you want to open carry? You just opened yourself up to be the first one shot.

    2. So what’s stopping you? ….fear? I CC always, everywhere, with no fear of any other of MAN’S made up laws. Try it, you’ll like it.

  44. I took the CCL class last month. How long do I have to apply for the license?

    1. I Illinois they have 3 months to issue a new CCW. No time limit to issue/reissue CCW of there is an impending appeal.

      1. If you still haven’t received your CCW you can check the status of your application here https://www.ispfsb.com/Public/Login.aspx In my class our accounts were prepared for us so as far as logging in goes you may have to contact the place you took to course or the state police to get your login info. that is unless you can’t remember the email you used on your application.

  45. Aside from a gun what does a CCW in Illinois allow you to carry? Knives, stars, stun gun…

    1. 1. Knives take skill.
      2. Stars are a joke
      3. Stun guns are weak against drunk and high assailants.

      1. What I have found since my question… https://knifeup.com/illinois-knife-law/
        In August of 2017, Illinois Public Act 100-0082 was revised to allow for ownership and carry of a switchblade knife as long as you possess a valid Firearms Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. Applications cost $10, may take up to 30 days to acquire, and the minimum age is 21. You’ll still be subject to municipal laws which may differ from the rest of the state (as in Greater Chicago). What is Legal/Illegal to Own in Illinois
        Balisong knives are legal.
        Disguised knives like cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
        Throwing knives are legal.
        Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
        Throwing stars are illegal.
        Ballistic knives are illegal.
        Switchblades and other automatic knives are illegal, UNLESS you carry a valid FOID card (Firearms Owners Identification).
        The state of Illinois only banned the possession of throwing stars, switchblades, ballistic knives, and knives that open with a press of the button.

        1. wow the cost is only 10 bucks now and they raised the minimum age to 21? I paid 35 and got mine on my 17th birthday.

    2. Balisong knives are legal.
      Disguised knives like cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
      Throwing knives are legal.
      Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
      Throwing stars are illegal.
      Ballistic knives are illegal.
      Switchblades and other automatic knives are illegal, UNLESS you carry a valid FOID card (Firearms Owners IDentification).
      The state of Illinois only banned the possession of throwing stars, switchblades, ballistic knives, and knives that open with a press of the button.
      Directly from https://knifeup.com/illinois-knife-law/

  46. What about non resident (I live in Kansas where we have Constiturional Carry, so I have no CCW, no permit, no registration…) and I’m going to be traveling THROUGH Illinois with my pistol licked up in the trunk. Any permit or lisence required to transport THROUGH the state if it’s locked up?

    1. What I have found since my question… https://knifeup.com/illinois-knife-law/
      In August of 2017, Illinois Public Act 100-0082 was revised to allow for ownership and carry of a switchblade knife as long as you possess a valid Firearms Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. Applications cost $10, may take up to 30 days to acquire, and the minimum age is 21. You’ll still be subject to municipal laws which may differ from the rest of the state (as in Greater Chicago). What is Legal/Illegal to Own in Illinois
      Balisong knives are legal.
      Disguised knives like cane knives, belt knives, and lipstick knives are legal.
      Throwing knives are legal.
      Bowie knives and other large knives are legal.
      Throwing stars are illegal.
      Ballistic knives are illegal.
      Switchblades and other automatic knives are illegal, UNLESS you carry a valid FOID card (Firearms Owners Identification).
      The state of Illinois only banned the possession of throwing stars, switchblades, ballistic knives, and knives that open with a press of the button.

  47. If a church property includes a parochial/private school owned by the church, can you carry on the property outside of school hours when school activities are not occurring?

  48. I did not see anything but I was wondering what’s the maximum capacity off magazine you can carry

    1. There is NO magazine limit set by the State and the State CCL law preemptively stopped and deleted all local rules as they relate to handguns. See Preemption above…

    2. Certain counties with a state might have their limitations. Last I checked Chicago(cook county) has a 10rs limit

  49. Illinois renewal fee of 150 plus the 3 hr class fee and range fee is totally out of line. There is no reason for that kind of cost other than ripping people off. Just a 3 hr refreshing course is all that is needed and a 25.00 fee fot the renewal.

    1. I agree as an experienced and well trained firearm owner and license CC but man let me tell you some of my classmates weren’t exactly the sharpest tools in the shed. I think there should be some kind of required continued education/training to maintain your licenses but 150 bucks is crazy. This is why I’m in the process of becoming an instructor.

    1. How many can you conceal? I am a big guy so I can carry a lot if I want too…

  50. Trying to find answers for a relative who recently moved to Mississippi. Mississippi doesn’t require a permit or license. They will issue them for those who travel out of state though. What’s the process if possible for applying for a non-resident carry license in Illinois while being a resident of Mississippi?

    1. Find a registered IL trainer, get your 16 hrs of training, submit application, pay your $154…and wait 4 months or more.

  51. If you have a concealed license can you carry it while deer hunting with a bow on private property.The dnr book states no side arms while deer hunting with a bow.does concealed carry supercede that rule several wild dog packs have been seen where a friend of mine hunts chasing deer.Could be dangerous while walking in or out of a hunting area

      1. This is true however some village associations have rules and regulations regarding open carry on your property. while you don’t have to worry about any legal recourse you do run the risk of pissing off your local association and possibly even the police for having to respond to a bs call because a neighbor called the cops. Trust me from personal experience you do not want this to happen. Just be aware of where you live. Village associations tend to be for smaller villages, townhouse complexes, condo complexes and apartment complexes.

  52. State Of Illinois i just got a phone call after using my Son car i had my gun on me also but in up leaving it up in the car. my Son needed the car, me not thinking about because i ban in self-defense class also, they just informed me that he was stop by the Sauk Village police in took it my gun in lock him up, by the way they also some officer also took my brother identification from cook county jail that i just received. this was hazel crest police that did that.

    what do i do if this just happened?

  53. The Illinois’s politicians appear to be pro criminals and against the law abiding public. Their CCW laws appear very restrictive and expensive compared to Oregon and Washington. I notice that violent crime has decreased since 2016 and I bet the CCW has had a lot to do about it. Now the criminals may be less intent to attack their victims since they can fight back.

  54. Can you change the map to reflect Maine and West Virginia as Constitutional carry states and allow concealed carry in those states?

  55. i want to renew my foid card but dont know my user id or password? who can help if the state police dont answer the phone?

  56. Question about the 72 hr waiting period in Illinois. I purchased a hand gun Wednesday at 430pm. I was told I could pick it up on Monday. I wasnt even thinking about it until after I left the store. 72 hrs would be Saturday afternoon at 430 correct? The gun shop is open until 6pm on Saturday so I was just curious if maybe Im missing something.

    1. Yes as long as they have the gun at the store. Make sure they didn’t have to order it.

        1. Correct, It’s 72 hrs, not business days. I was able to pick up the gun that Saturday. They didn’t need to order it since they had it in stock. The manager there said the same thing, he didn’t have any idea why the other guy would’ve said Monday. Anyway, it’s all good.

  57. Can a certified ccw holder carry a back up handgun in Chicago Illinois without breaking the law?

  58. What happens if you are from out of state and a cop ask do you have any weapons, and I say no and the cop does a search and finds one then what happens. Because I from New Mexico and was visiting Illonise it happened to me, but the cop didn’t search. What would the reprocitions be if the cop searched and found a weapon

    1. Illinois doesn’t honor any other state permits. you would be illegal possessing a firearm assuming your Conceal Carry License is from New Mexico.

    2. Was the firearm in your vehicle or your person? You’re legal if it’s in your car but it must remain there. You must inform the peace officer if they ask if you have a weapon tho.

  59. It was really helpful to learn that renewing my concealed carry permit would simply require a 3-hour training course. Your other information about where it is allowable to carry a concealed weapon is really helpful. I will have to read more into these requirements before I find a training course for my license renewal. http://www.firearmsafetygroup.com/concealed-carry.html

  60. Does this mean a permit to carry or a permit to have the event?

    10) Any public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public that requires the issuance of a permit from the unit of local government, provided this prohibition shall not apply to a licensee who must walk through a public gathering in order to access his or her residence, place of business, or vehicle.

    1. That section is about events that required the organizers to get one or more permits in order to hold it.

  61. How does one request that their CCL be revoked a.k.a. taken off the registry? I have been having a hard time trying to figure this out.
    Thanks!

  62. I believe the LEOSA (Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act) allows a retired police officer to also carry a concealed firearm if they meet the LEOSA requirements without possessing a concealed carry permit in Illinois.

  63. Does anyone know how to retract one’s concealed carry license? If one chooses to not own a weapon anymore
    Thanks

    1. Just curious, why would you want to revoke it, just choose not to carry and let it expire.

  64. The State Parks section is not completely accurate. You are NOT allowed to carry in State Parks within Cook County, any other county is okay, but Cook County is 100% NO

    1. Author

      I checked the spam folder and there is no record of a question from you being removed, maybe the question failed to save.

  65. If leave my gun in the car and walk into a forbidden place with with just my IWB holster is that against the law

    1. No you cannot. FOID card allows you to own a gun and you may have it in your own abode. You need a CCL to carry outside your home unless for transportation purposes and then the rules stated above apply

    2. Provided you don’t rent, carriage of a firearm either concealed OR open is permitted, so long as you remain on your property. If you leave your property, you’d need it concealed and a proper CCW permit. (Source: asked a Lake County Sheriffs Police Officer)

  66. How can I get issued a non-resident carry license? Currently have am issued Texas Conceal Carry

  67. Illinois gun laws sucks!!!! Period!!! Chicago has the worse crime in the country and law abandoning citizens can’t open or conceal carry without all these laws…Truth me the criminals aren’t following these laws when they want to kill you. Illinois do better man!!! Whenever I get the chance I’m out of Illinois and wont look back.

    1. I have an Ohio ccw. So If i carry and get pulled over in Illinois, im screwed?

      1. Officially, yes. If you show your Ohio CCW, I doubt any cop in Illinois would mess with you. Just follow the non-resident rules if you want to be totally careful but that means not carrying on you in the car without an IL CCL. Illinois cops probably can’t see if you have a CCW or won’t ask… so don’t invite trouble by bringing it up unless asked. In Illinois we are required to answer, if asked and now thanks to new bullshit just passed we have to give up the firearm to the cop while stopped if they want it.

        1. If you have a conceal carry permit outside Illinois, you can have loaded concealed gun in car while traveling through Illinois. You cannot get out of car with loaded firearm on you.

        2. This is not true. Your I’ll CC license is tagged to your license plate. Tho the person driving may not have a carry permit, the officer can ask if there is a gun in the vehicle. He cannot confiscate it unless it is not legal yo be there. Also he/she is not allowed to search for a weapon without cause.

    1. Only Cook County prohibits AR-15 or replicas. I suppose if it’s a 9mm AR style pistol that has no markings of being AR-15 then I suppose you could argue it’s not an AR-15. The law is so vague that it can probably be stricken fairly easily, which is probably why I haven’t found evidence of it being enforced. If you don’t want to deal with the chance of being nabbed on this dumb ass law, don’t bring it to Cook County. You should be safe in the rest of Illinois as long as you follow the non-resident requirements. We even have sanctuary counties for firearms owners in Illinois now… 😉

  68. Just for informational purposes only. The cost of a CC permit in Illinois is now $300

  69. I signed a 3 year lease for a barber shop 2years 4 months ago, today my landlord posted no guns in building, would that apply to me altho not in lease, i have a concealed carry licence in Illinoisand never mentioned at time of signing lease.

    1. Your landlord cannot preempt your rights within the space and common areas you are leasing. Illinois law specifically allows you to carry (open and concealed) on your property and place of business. Look for a new clause in the next lease when it comes up for renewal, if the landlord finds out you carry. The sign has no power on you, so do as you see fit. If I’m worried about security at my place of business, I really don’t care what “laws” they create for the supposed safety of the public. The “public” isn’t the one being attacked, the individual is. If there’s risk of bodily harm of myself or anyone under my protection, my firearm will come into play. The police are unlikely to press misdemeanor charges on you when a felony attack occurs against you. Make sure you have a lawyer on speed dial, if something goes down though. Don’t answer questions of the police without an attorney present. Put the firearm away if the danger has passed and call the police, in the case you are forced to defend yourself. I am not an attorney, so make your own decisions on this important topic.

  70. My question is: We are traveling to South Dakota from North Carolina and the best route takes us through Illinois. We may be staying the night there, depending on how the trip goes. How should we handle our handgun? We both have CC permits. Leave it locked and unloaded in the car? I’m a little wary of staying in a hotel without it in the room. Suggestions and advice appreciated. Thanks! (P.S. This site has been a fabulous resource when planning our trip)

    1. Best case, leave it with you. Unloaded in a locked case. your entire time in IL.

    2. I’d bring the case, you can have it in your hotel room, just transferring from car to hotel room would be the only grounds for lawbreaking if you carry it on you. Having it either broke down or unloaded in case you’re golden.

  71. My conceal carry application says under review, it is past the 120 days. Do I need to contact some one to move my application forward.

    1. Check the ISP website, I sent the wrong document
      Via the internet. ISP will tell you if it’s still under review or rejected. I did get my Arizona and Utah before Illinois.

    2. I had a similar issue. I kept keeping those “under review” letters for one year & ten months before I got he permit/card. I had spoken to a lawyer at a local gun show. He told me not to worry unless I got a letter of rejection. Sometimes a persons name is a common one and it sets off red flags. If so, state police may need extra time to investigate

    3. I have been waiting 160 days with only 1 request to re upload training cert which I did. Still waiting.
      My name my dads and sons are the same some how I think this maybe the problem Ive tried emailing them but still no response.

    1. After taking a class with an ex CPD Officer, his instruction to the class is that State Law is preemptive and that you can and should carry your high capacity magazines into Chicago.

      1. Will this ex CPD Officer be at one’s trial should the need arise? 😛

      2. Cook county passed a law just prior to preemption laws so it is a valid law. Cc is a 10 Rd county. It hasn’t been enforce but it could be. Do you want to be the first

    2. None at this point but they are pushing hard to outlaw anything over 10 rounds so keep up to date with this as it is a heated topic of late

  72. I’m confused as to the round capacity one can carry in a CC firearm. Illinois has no ban on high cap pistol magazines but Chicago/Cook County limits to 10 rounds. I don’t live in Chicago but surrounding suburbs ( Schaumburg) Which is in Cook County. Any one has a definitive answer?

    1. I too am in Schaumburg and would like to understand this better. It’s one of the things that limits my decision to purchase and carry a G26 vs a G19.

      1. Cook County’s magazine capacity allowance is 10 rounds per magazine. I doubt the law will ever actually be enforced by the county because it can so easily be challenged, but you never know. Schaumburg PD (or any regular PD) will be very unlikely to enforce it. I carry 6 rounds because my concealed firearm is small and I like it like that for the extremely rare risk of being involved in a shooting in the current environment. If the SHTF I really won’t care what Ms Preckwinkle thinks or her “laws”, the big stuff will come out and I’ll be carrying many standard capacity magazines in the open.

      2. Depending on who you talk to its either 10 or 15 the law is not clear my teacher told me.

    1. Author

      Thank you for letting us know. Though from what I have read it seems to be carrying near a public park so not sure if the Judge addressed carrying IN a public park. Until that is clarified we will have to leave the page as is but will insert a note to let readers know of the situation

      1. There was a law in Chicago with a 1000 foot limit around all parks that you could not carry. That was lifted. You still can not carry IN the park but you can past the park as long as you do not go inside.

  73. Can a non-resident with a carry permit elsepwhere use a gun to protect his IL home while in IL?

    1. A non-resident WITH or WITHOUT a CCW issued elsewhere can protect their private home or business. CCW restriction laws do NOT apply. You ALWAYS have the right to defend yourself inside your home or business and residency has nothing to do with it, unless you are restricted from possessing a firearm in your home state. You can open or conceal carry inside private locations.

  74. Why don’t we(THE PEOPLE) sue the state of Illinois for the second amendment infringement? What good is having a gun if someone threatens you life, and you can’t defend yourself because your gun is locked in a car. I have a KY. concealed license, but I travel to Illinois once a month and I don’t feel protected when I’m in that State.

  75. OK, so I am carrying my CZ Scorpion pistol on a trip to Illinois. Yes, I have a valid CCL in Texas. I plan on bringing it in a non-lockable case but unloaded but with magazines full of ammo in same case. I plan on taking it to a friends house who has a Illinois FOID card and only taking it from his house to a local indoor range to fire, then back to his house, then back in my car for trip back to Houston. It seems Texas is recirpicoal with Illinois and that the above is ok based on Illinois current laws?

    1. Author

      Should be OK as you say Texas is one of the few states IL will honor permits from. I should add we are not lawyers so do not regard this as legal advice.

      1. Illinois honors these state ccw Licenses
        0
        STATES
        Illinois does not honor any other states permits.

        Transporting would be fine unloaded and encased

    2. I also plan a trip to Chicargo for meetings over a few days. I have a Texas CCL and understand I must receive a non-resident CCL from Illinois to be legal to carry a concealed handgun in Chicargo on my trip, is this correct?

  76. Im heading up throught indiana to michigan for the week & its the most ridiculous thing that i cant carry in Michigan. How would i go about getting a vistors carry in michigan?

    1. Author

      Michigan honors all other states Resident Permits/Licenses to carry concealed firearms. So as long as you have a resident permit from your state you are OK.

      1. If you are licensed to carry in your home state you can carry in Michigan too. Their laws state that you can carry open or concealed in public but you must conceal while in a vehicle

        1. Mark, actually that’s incorrect. I’m from Michigan originally but now live in Chicago. You are only allowed to conceal carry in Michigan if you are a non-resident. Any state that allows open carry is only for residents of said state that have a valid permit. No open carry state, including Texas, will allow a non-resident to open carry, only concealed.

  77. Just because you put syrup on something doesn’t make it pancakes.

  78. I believe that you may have an error in vehicular carry. You said that with a ccw permit, one can carry a loaded WEAPON’. I am pretty sure that a loaded HANDGUN can be carried, but long arms must be cased and unloaded. This was a personal disappointment to me, since most of my uses would be better handled with a .22 rifle

    1. Author

      We will change that to handgun as that is what we were referring to;

      You can’t carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle without a valid Permit/license.
      430 ILCS 66/40
      (e) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a non-resident from transporting a concealed firearm within his or her
      vehicle in Illinois, if the concealed firearm remains within his or her vehicle and the non-resident:
      (1) is not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law;
      (2) is eligible to carry a firearm in public under the laws of his or her state or territory of residence, as
      evidenced by the possession of a concealed carry license or permit issued by his or her state of
      residence, if applicable; and
      (3) is not in possession of a license under this Act. If the non-resident leaves his or her vehicle
      unattended, he or she shall store the firearm within a locked vehicle or locked container within the vehicle in
      accordance with subsection (b) of Section 65 of this Act. (Source: P.A. 98-63, eff. 7-9-13.)
      Subsection (b) of Section 65 States:
      (b) Notwithstanding subsections (a), (a-5), and (a-10) of this Section except under paragraph (22) or (23) of
      subsection (a), any licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm into the parking area of a
      prohibited location specified in subsection (a), (a-5), or (a-10) of this Section shall be permitted to carry a
      concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle into the parking area and may store a
      firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view
      within the vehicle in the parking area. A licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area
      surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or
      retrieving a firearm within the vehicle’s trunk. For purposes of this subsection, “case” includes a glove
      compartment or console that completely encloses the concealed firearm or ammunition, the trunk of the
      vehicle, or a firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container.
      Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
      “Concealed firearm” means a loaded or unloaded handgun carried on or about a person completely or mostly
      concealed from view of the public or on or about a person within a vehicle.

  79. I was told by my CCW instructor and local police that you can open carry inside your own place of business. Might not be state law but municipal. If you walk outside, even in your own parking lot, it’s a violation.

  80. I’m a FFL gun dealer in Indiana. Am I exempt from Illinois handgun carry laws when in IL? In other words does my FFL gun dealer license status allow me to carry concealed in IL?

    1. Author

      Not sure on that one. Best thing to do would be to contact the Illinois State Police on 217-782-7980 . They are fairly strict on reciprocity in that state so I suspect the answer would be no but I could be wrong. Let us know if they do allow you to carry in Illinois so we can keep our other readers updated.

      1. Illinois Conceal Carry permits are good in several states. However, there is 0 reciprocity with conceal permits outside of Illinois in Illinois. They only allow you to be in a car with a concealed pistol while traveling through Illinois with an out of state conceal permit, that is it. You can apply for a non-resident Illinois Conceal permit. Other than that, non-residents of Illinois cannot carry period, unless you have retired police permit.

    2. Absolutely NOT. I am a Federally Licensed Firearms dealer (FFL type 01) and even though I am located in Illinois and like every other US citizen, I had to obtain my Illinois Concealed Carry license to legally carry in Illinois. The FFL only allows you to do it’s stated purpose. Moreover, Illinois will not honor any other states concealed carry permits. They will, however, issue non-resident concealed carry licenses to residents of four states; Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia

    3. No u can’t you have to obtain non-resident concealed carry from Illinois

    4. Illinois does not recognize any ccl, or permits from any other states. I live here in Illinois,
      and have my ccl, and foid card, and stay away from Chicago, they will arrest anybody for
      thinking about firearms. They have almost the strictest gun laws in our nation, with the
      most murders, go figure.

      1. Hey Chuck , are you saying you can’t carry a gun in Chicago by law , or , just by way of inconvenience ?

      2. This is absolutely not true I think you need to take a minute and really read the laws state Illinois in the morning she’s in Chicago I know quite a few people like myself who Carrie and have CCW in a little longer do you have concealed weapons license and nothing can be done you just have to have the proper type a handgun and none of the contraband in then make sure you check the city and county ordinances in every town if you plan to be

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