Gun laws in Illinois are among the toughest in the nation. On August 23, 2016, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Illinois’ gun bill, HB 6303, that strengthens penalties for firearms trafficking throughout the state. The new gun law means harsher sentences for the person who buys guns illegally imported to Illinois and the person selling it.
If you have been charged with a gun crime in Illinois, you need to have the help of a criminal defense attorney who knows and understands the system. The experienced Illinois criminal attorneys at Wolfe and Stec can help you with any gun crime charges.
Illinois law prohibits any person from:
In Illinois, you must obtain a handgun license, known as a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card to purchase and possess a gun. In 2013, Illinois became the last state to legalize possession and concealed carry of a firearm outside the home and enacted a law, 430 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 66/1 et seq., permitting people to carry concealed weapons with a license. In order to obtain a concealed carry license, you must have a (FOID) card or qualify for one and be in the process of applying for one.
To obtain a FOID card, you must submit an application to the state police department.
To qualify, you must be:
You will not qualify if you are:
Illinois does not recognize concealed carry licenses from other states. Even if you are licensed to carry concealed weapons, you still are prohibited from doing so while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Gun violation punishments in Illinois are classified as follows:
The carrying of a concealed weapon is not permitted in these locations in Illinois:
(430 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 66/65.)
Remember that many gun or weapons offenses, especially those related to the commission of another crime while in possession of a gun, carry mandatory prison terms. Charges such as armed violence, armed robbery, aggravated vehicular hijacking, and home invasion carry increased penalties if a firearm was used.
The criminal defense lawyers at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. are skilled trial lawyers who believe each case is unique with its own set of circumstances. We know the judges and the court system and will aggressively explore every avenue for your defense.