Illinois Gun Laws

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.


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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/Bars SEE DETAILS
Constitutional Carry NO
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Non-Residents
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Illinois Handgun License

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

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FOID CARDS
We have a separate page giving step by step directions on how to obtain a FOID card, appealing decisions, fees, renewals and more.

APPLICATION

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course, 16 hours is required.
  2. Go to a fingerprint vendor and have your prints taken.
    • NOTE: Applicants will be assigned a transaction control number (TCN) at the time of fingerprinting and will be required to retain that TCN to complete the application. Specify to the Live Scan vendor that your fingerprint application is for the Concealed Carry application.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • Electronic Copy of  training certificate. You will be required to upload your electronic certificate during the application process.
    • An Illinois State Police User ID and Password
    • A Valid Driver’s License or State Identification card.
    • A valid FOID card unless in the process of getting a valid FOID card.
    • A head and shoulder electronic photograph taken within the last 30 days.
    • Be able to provide the last ten years of residency.
    • Fingerprints – Electronic fingerprints will expedite your application!.
  4. Concealed license applications are taken online. Go to the Illinois State Police website and get a user ID and password.
  5. Fill out the electronic application form and pay $150
  6. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Forms can be downloaded here

RENEWALS

  • You will need to do a 3 hour training course
  • Once you have a training certificate you will need to login to the state Police firearms website and apply for a renewal of your license.

FEE’S

Application ConditionsOriginalRenewal
Resident$150
Non-Resident$300
Replacement/Name change $75

Accepted forms of payment
Credit card, Electronic check

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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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Illinois: Places Off-Limits for CCW

Illinois statute 430 ILCS 66/65 lists the following places as Off-Limits to any person carrying a firearm. A concealed carry license does not allow a person to carry in Off-Limit areas.

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
Check the laws below for more specific details.

Illinois Handgun Laws You Should 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 firearm 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 firearm 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 weapon 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

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History Of Illinois Gun Laws

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Learn The History of Illinois Gun Laws

Illinois passed a law banning concealed carry of firearms in 1949 and revised the law in 1962. This law banned 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.

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

Courts Force a Change

This all changed in 2012 when a Federal Court of Appeal ruled in Moore v. Madigan that the Illinois ban on concealed carry was 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. This was then backed up by another case, People v. Aguilar on September 12, 2013 when the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the state’s law “Aggravated Use Of A Weapon” banning concealed carry was unconstitutional.

On Juy 9, 2013, Illinois passed a new law that established how concealed carry permits would be issued in the state. Then on February 28, 2014 the Illinois State Police began to issue concealed carry permits. Illinois was the last state in the United States to legally allow the concealed carry of firearms.

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 Gun Statutes

"Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
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Illinois State Capitol Building

Gun Laws Relating To Concealed Carry

Off-Limits Statutes

(a) A licensee under this Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into:

  1. Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public or private elementary or secondary school.
  2. Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a pre-school or child care facility, including any room or portion of a building under the control of a pre-school or child care facility. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the operator of a child care facility in a family home from owning or possessing a firearm in the home or license under this Act, if no child under child care at the home is present in the home or the firearm in the home is stored in a locked container when a child under child care at the home is present in the home.
  3. Any building, parking area, or portion of a building under the control of an officer of the executive or legislative branch of government, provided that nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit a licensee from carrying a concealed firearm onto the real property, bikeway, or trail in a park regulated by the Department of Natural Resources or any other designated public hunting area or building where firearm possession is permitted as established by the Department of Natural Resources under Section 1.8 of the Wildlife Code.
  4. Any building designated for matters before a circuit court, appellate court, or the Supreme Court, or any building or portion of a building under the control of the Supreme Court.
  5. Any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government.
  6. Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of an adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison, or jail.
  7. Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public or private hospital or hospital affiliate, mental health facility, or nursing home.
  8. Any bus, train, or form of transportation paid for in whole or in part with public funds, and any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public transportation facility paid for in whole or in part with public funds.
  9. Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of an 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. The owner of an establishment who knowingly fails to prohibit concealed firearms on its premises as provided in this paragraph or who knowingly makes a false statement or record to avoid the prohibition on concealed firearms under this paragraph is subject to the penalty under subsection (c-5) of Section 10-1 of the Liquor Control Act of 1934.
  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.
  11. Any building or real property that has been issued a Special Event Retailer’s license as defined in Section 1-3.17.1 of the Liquor Control Act during the time designated for the sale of alcohol by the Special Event Retailer’s license, or a Special use permit license as defined in subsection (q) of Section 5-1 of the Liquor Control Act during the time designated for the sale of alcohol by the Special use permit license.
  12. Any public playground.
  13. Any public park, athletic area, or athletic facility under the control of a municipality or park district, provided nothing in this Section shall prohibit a licensee from carrying a concealed firearm while on a trail or bikeway if only a portion of the trail or bikeway includes a public park.
  14. Any real property under the control of the Cook County Forest Preserve District.
  15. Any building, classroom, laboratory, medical clinic, hospital, artistic venue, athletic venue, entertainment venue, officially recognized university-related organization property, whether owned or leased, and any real property, including parking areas, sidewalks, and common areas under the control of a public or private community college, college, or university.
  16. Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of a gaming facility licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975, including an inter-track wagering location licensee.
  17. Any stadium, arena, or the real property or parking area under the control of a stadium, arena, or any collegiate or professional sporting event.
  18. Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of a public library.
  19. Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of an airport.
  20. Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of an amusement park.
  21. Any building, real property, or parking area under the control of a zoo or museum.
  22. 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. The licensee shall not under any circumstance store a firearm or ammunition in his or her vehicle or in a compartment or container within a vehicle located anywhere in or on the street, driveway, parking area, property, building, or facility described in this paragraph.
  23. Any area where firearms are prohibited under federal law.

(a-5) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a public or private community college, college, or university from:

    1. prohibiting persons from carrying a firearm within a vehicle owned, leased, or controlled by the college or university;
    2. developing resolutions, regulations, or policies regarding student, employee, or visitor misconduct and discipline, including suspension and expulsion;
    3. developing resolutions, regulations, or policies regarding the storage or maintenance of firearms, which must include designated areas where persons can park vehicles that carry firearms; and
    4. permitting the carrying or use of firearms for the purpose of instruction and curriculum of officially recognized programs, including but not limited to military science and law enforcement training programs, or in any designated area used for hunting purposes or target shooting.

    (a-10) The owner of private real property of any type may prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms on the property under his or her control. The owner must post a sign in accordance with subsection (d) of this Section indicating that firearms are prohibited on the property, unless the property is a private residence.

    • (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.
    • (c) A licensee shall not be in violation of this Section while he or she is traveling along a public right of way that touches or crosses any of the premises under subsection (a), (a-5), or (a-10) of this Section if the concealed firearm is carried on his or her person in accordance with the provisions of this Act or is being transported in a vehicle by the licensee in accordance with all other applicable provisions of law.
    • (d) Signs stating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of a building, premises, or real property specified in this Section as a prohibited area, unless the building or premises is a private residence. Signs shall be of a uniform design as established by the Department and shall be 4 inches by 6 inches in size. The Department shall adopt rules for standardized signs to be used under this subsection.
  • Other CCW Statutes

    The regulation, licensing, possession, registration, and transportation of concealed handguns and ammunition for concealed handguns by licensees are exclusive powers and functions of the State. Any ordinance or regulation, or portion thereof, enacted on or before the effective date of this Act that purports to impose regulations or restrictions on licensees or concealed handguns and ammunition for concealed handguns in a manner inconsistent with this Act shall be invalid in its application to licensees under this Act on the effective date of this Act. This Section is a denial and limitation of home rule powers and functions under subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.

    (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.

    (g) A licensee shall possess a license at all times the licensee carries a concealed firearm except:

    (h) If an officer of a law enforcement agency initiates an investigative stop, including but not limited to a traffic stop, of a licensee or a non-resident carrying a concealed firearm under subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act, 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 if he or she is a licensee or present upon the request of the officer evidence under paragraph (2) of subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act that he or she is a non-resident qualified to carry under that subsection. The disclosure requirement under this subsection (h) is satisfied if the licensee presents his or her license to the officer or the non-resident presents to the officer evidence under paragraph (2) of subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act that he or she is qualified to carry under that subsection. Upon the request of the officer, the licensee or non-resident shall also identify the location of the concealed firearm and permit the officer to safely secure the firearm for the duration of the investigative stop. During a traffic stop, any passenger within the vehicle who is a licensee or a non-resident carrying under subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act must comply with the requirements of this subsection (h).

    (h-1) If a licensee carrying a firearm or a non-resident carrying a firearm in a vehicle under subsection (e) of Section 40 of this Act is contacted by a law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel, the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel may secure the firearm or direct that it be secured during the duration of the contact if the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel determines that it is necessary for the safety of any person present, including the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel. The licensee or nonresident shall submit to the order to secure the firearm. When the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel have determined that the licensee or nonresident is not a threat to the safety of any person present, including the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel, and if the licensee or non-resident is physically and mentally capable of possessing the firearm, the law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel shall return the firearm to the licensee or non-resident before releasing him or her from the scene and breaking contact. If the licensee or non-resident is transported for treatment to another location, the firearm shall be turned over to any peace officer. The peace officer shall provide a receipt which includes the make, model, caliber, and serial number of the firearm.

    (a) It is unlawful for any person to carry, possess, display for sale, sell or otherwise transfer any laser sight accessory, or a firearm silencer or muffler.
    (b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any members of the armed forces of the United States, or the organized militia of this or any other state, or peace officers, to the extent that any such person is otherwise authorized to acquire or possess a laser sight accessory, or firearm silencer or muffler, and is acting within the scope of his duties.
    (c) Any laser sight accessory, or firearm silencer or muffler, carried, possessed, displayed or sold in violation of this section is hereby declared to be contraband and shall be seized by and forfeited to the city.
    (e) Except as otherwise provided, a licensee in violation of this Act shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class A misdemeanor. The Department may suspend a license for up to 6 months for a second violation and shall permanently revoke a license for 3or more violations of Section 65 of this Act. Any person convicted of a violation under this Section shall pay a $150 fee to be deposited into the Mental Health Reporting Fund, plus any applicable court costs or fees.
    (f) A licensee convicted or found guilty of a violation of this Act who has a valid license and is otherwise eligible to carry a concealed firearm shall only be subject to the penalties under this Section and shall not be subject to the penalties under Section 21-6, paragraph (4), (8), or (10) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1, or subparagraph (A-5) or (B-5) of paragraph (3) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1.6 of the Criminal Code of 2012. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, nothing in this subsection prohibits the licensee from being subjected to penalties for violations other than those specified in this Act.

    (d) Signs stating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of a building, premises, or real property specified in this Section as a prohibited area, unless the building or premises is a private residence. Signs shall be of a uniform design as established by the Department and shall be 4 inches by 6 inches in size. The Department shall adopt rules for standardized signs to be used under this subsection.

    Section 65 of the Act specifies areas where concealed carry of firearms is prohibited and requires posting of those areas.
    (a) A template for signs required pursuant to Section 65(d) of the Act is provided in Appendix A and is available on the Department’s website.
    (b) Owners of prohibited areas may utilize signage larger in size than the template provided, at their discretion. If prohibited areas use a larger sign, the template provided shall be reproduced somewhere on the larger sign no smaller than the 4″ x 6″ dimension required by the Act.
    (c) Prohibited areas may include additional language on their signs. If prohibited areas include additional language, the template provided shall be reproduced somewhere on the larger sign no smaller than the 4″ x 6″ dimension required by the Act.
    (d) The required signs shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of the building, premises or real property. The sign shall provide persons entering the property notice that they are entering a prohibited area in which, pursuant to the Act, they shall not carry a concealed firearm.

    Illinois CCW FAQ's

    Concealed carry licenses are issued by the Illinois State Police.
    90 Days
    The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 90 days of the application being received.
    The minimum age to possess and transport a firearm is 18.

    A person under the age of 21 must also have written consent from a parent or legal guardian to possess firearms and ammunition. The parent or guardian who signed the consent must be eligible for a FOID card. In addition the person must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor or judged delinquent.

    Yes, if no local law bans it and you have a valid FOID card.
    Yes, as long as no local law bans it.
    Yes there is a castle doctrine law. You are under no legal obligation to retreat if threatened and using deadly force is justified. Furthermore, the law prevents claims being filed against any person defending their house.
    Yes, the law states the following persons are exempt;
    (i) qualified to carry a firearm as an active law enforcement officer,
    (ii) been certified as a firearms instructor by the Act or by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board, or
    (iii) has completed the required training and (emphasis added) has been issued a firearm control card (FCC or Tan Card) by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall be exempt from the training requirements in the Act.

    Verification of training for the Firearm Control Card (FCC) would be required.

    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

    CitySpringfild, Il62703

    Phone (217) 782-7980

    Updates & Data Sources

    DATEDETAILS
    12/9/17Updated Texas page
    12/6/17Updated California and Hawaii page, Hawaii page only partially completed.
    12/1/17Ohio page finished
    11/24/17Updated Washington DC to Shall Issue
    11/8/17Update Illinois page
    11/1/17Updated Florida and Alabama pages
    10/12/17Updated Ohio page, added new sections to statistics page
    10/5/17Added video section to Florida page
    10/3/17Updated Nevada page
    10/2/17Updated Georgia page
    9/30/17Updated Texas page
    9/30/17Entered new figures for latest 2017 NICS checks on Statistics page
    9/29/17Updated Pennsylvania page
    9/26/17Updated Florida page, added new links, forms and sections
    7/22/17updated permit numbers to latest figures
    6/29/17Updated permit numbers to 14,917,279
    6/17/17updated interface, added new travel info and other sections.
    Crime Prevention Research Center
    Illinois State Police

    Notes
    The percentage of population with a permit is actually 2.47%, we had to round it off to 2% as our counter will only accept whole numbers.
    More detailed information can be found on the Statistics page.

    Comments

    1. 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.

      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

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