ILLINOIS GUN LAWS

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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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Illinois CCW license recognition

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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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Illinois Gun Policy

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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

 

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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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Sue
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Sue

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?

Fred
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Fred

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

Jeff Taylor
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Jeff Taylor

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.

Brain
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Brain

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?

mike
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mike

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.

Ajene Dunbar
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Ajene Dunbar

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

Tab
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Tab

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… Read more »

Jeff
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Jeff

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

paul pepin
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paul pepin

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.

Bill
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Bill

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.

Roger Arroyo
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Roger Arroyo

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?

Tom Meehan
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Tom Meehan

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

John sib
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John sib

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

Chilo
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Chilo

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

Mike
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Mike

Your local police department.

Ralph
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Ralph

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?

Lenmo
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Lenmo

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… Read more »

Armando
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Armando

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

Nail
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Nail

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?????

Armando
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Armando

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

Andrew
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Andrew

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

Jik
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Jik

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

Armando
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Armando

You can get it trouble you need to update right away.

Alan kirtman
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Alan kirtman

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

James A Patrick
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James A Patrick

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.

Frank
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Frank

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

Jay
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Jay

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.

Tom
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Tom

Yeah, thats how it works. We honor those states ccl that honor us.

Ronnie
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Ronnie

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.

Jik
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Jik

I believe as long as you follow the TSA rules

jay burn
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jay burn

Yes you absolutely will regardless of what the TSA “rules and regulations” are on transporting any kind of firearm in your checked bags. They tend to be more lenient on rifles depending on your destination. However, you are better off mailing it back to yourself disassembled in separate packages. I suggest a through cleaning and using USPS to ship it. Lowers the chances of a random dog search indicating a hit on your package and since the USPS is federally funded they need a warrant just to open the package. I’ve had to do this several times myself as I… Read more »

Connor
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Connor

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.

Jay burn
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Jay burn

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.

Kregg Tolley
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Kregg Tolley

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

Paul L Piliponis
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Paul L Piliponis

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.

jay burn
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jay burn

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… Read more »

Ryan
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Ryan

Yes you can

Scott Everett
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Scott Everett

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

Jik
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Jik

No.

Dom
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Dom

If you are 19 with a FOID can u be gifted a handgun?

jay burn
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jay burn

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… Read more »

jay burn
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jay burn

https://www.ispfsb.com/Public/Firearms/FOID/PersonToPersonFirearmTransfer.aspx this link includes the actual process but I’m positive you can also do this at any gun shop that offers the service as I’ve done it myslef several times.

Toby Roberts
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Toby Roberts

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

Art frailey
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Art frailey

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

Frank
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Frank

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.

Lori Dale
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Lori Dale

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

Lbsinner72
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Lbsinner72

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

jay burn
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jay burn

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.

David
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David

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

Lbsinner73
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Lbsinner73

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

Dave Leja
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Dave Leja

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.… Read more »

jay burn
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jay burn

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.

Jordan Marozas
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Jordan Marozas

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/