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Illinois gun law, Illinois concealed carry, gun laws, Illinois criminal defense lawyerIn July 2013, the Illinois state legislature passed the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which came into effect in early 2014. This law created a system by which the Illinois State Police may issue concealed carry gun permits to individuals who are at least 21 years old; have a valid FOID card; have not been convicted or found guilty in Illinois or any other state of:(A) a misdemeanor involving the use or threat of physical force or violence to any person within the 5 years preceding the date of the license application; or(B) 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence within the 5 years preceding the date of the license application; who do not have an outstanding arrest warrant or pending a criminal case; and who have not been in residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the 5 years immediately preceding the license application.    Those wishing to obtain permits must attend 16 hours of class to train and be prepared for the responsibility of carrying a concealed weapon.

Prior to the enactment of this law, if you were found with a concealed weapon on your person or in your glove compartment of your car, you could be charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, even though you were not actually using the weapon.

As of January 5, 2014, the state police began accepting concealed carry permit applications, and on February 28, 2014, the police started to issue these permits. The conceal carry license specifically allows you to carry a loaded or unloaded firearm, fully concealed or partially concealed, on or about your person; and to keep a loaded or unloaded concealed firearm on or about your person within your vehicle.

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