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Illinois’ Firearms Laws Are Complex

Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) cards are required for legal ownership of firearms in Illinois. There are myriad restrictions. An applicant must be free of:

  • Felony convictions
  • Conviction for domestic battery
  • A current Order of Protection or No Contact/No Stalking Order against them
  • Failed drug test record within the past 12 months
  • Adjudication for mental illness
  • A record of being treated for mental illness within the past five years
  • A record of dishonorable discharge from the U.S. armed forces

There are several other restrictions, including never having renounced their U.S. citizenship, having legal alien status and not being a fugitive from justice.

With an FOID, adults 21 years old and older may apply for a concealed carry license (CCL). Renewal applications must be timely submitted along with proof of the three-hour training completion.

Staying abreast of the changes in legislation, case law and the governor’s executive orders, our attorneys at Schwulst & Roseberry, P.C., can help you understand how to comply with the law to minimize penalties for violations of FOID and CCL regulations.

Understanding Concealed Carry Prohibitions

In Illinois, carrying a concealed firearm or weapon in the following areas is prohibited:

  • Any type of school or child care facility. If an operator of a child care facility possesses a firearm, they must lock it away anytime a child is in the building.
  • State and local government property and buildings such as courthouses, libraries, council chambers. The exception is for buildings or regulated hunting areas where firearms are allowed under the Department of Natural Resources.
  • Detention centers and correctional institutions such as jails and prisons
  • Hospitals, elder care and mental health care facilities
  • Public transportation and surrounding facilities such as buses, bus stops, trains, train stations, airports
  • Establishments serving alcohol
  • Street fairs, festivals, carnivals, amusement parks, zoos, museums and other places of special events or public gatherings
  • City or park district playgrounds, parks, athletic fields; trails or bike paths are exempt if only part of the trail or bike path goes through the public park
  • All areas of universities, colleges and community colleges; additional provisions and restrictions may apply; these entities may permit carrying and use of firearms for their academic programs such as law enforcement training, firearm instruction, military science or shooting clubs
  • Gaming facilities and sports facilities
  • Horse racing tracks and betting parlors
  • Private property owners may post a conspicuous 4 x 6-inch sign on their property to prohibit firearms on their property. Homeowners do not have to post a sign.

Protect Your Second Amendment Rights; Contact Our Law Firm

Vehicles are considered a “safe haven.” You may carry your concealed firearm through a parking area and store it in a locked container in your car. If you are stopped by a police officer, you must inform the officer that you have a concealed firearm, show your license and tell the officer where it is in your vehicle. But sometimes law enforcement oversteps their boundaries.

If you have been arrested on a firearms charge, call Schwulst & Roseberry, P.C., in Bloomington right away at 309-751-4101. You may also send us an email.