Category Archives: Weapons Charges

weapons offense charges, concealed carry, FOID, Naperville criminal defense lawyers, concealed carry permitThe Illinois State Police Department must issue a concealed carry permit for handguns to any individual age 21 or older who completes the required 16-hour training course and holds a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. The state imposes numerous limits on concealed carry permit holders, including the right of any law enforcement agency to object to issuing such a permit to an individual who the agency reasonably believes to be a hazard to him- or herself or others.

Other limits include which types of firearm may be carried in a concealed manner and where they may be taken. Violations of Illinois’ concealed carry law are grounds for weapons offense charges.

The Importance of the FOID

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Other Weapons Charges in IllinoisWhile more attention is given to gun law violations, serious penalties are also given to those who violate Illinois’ other weapons laws. These banned weapons include stun guns and throwing stars, among others. Additionally, it is illegal to possess certain types of weapons depending on the property that you are on or even what you are wearing. If you have been charged with a weapons violation, you may be facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted of a class X felony. Weapons charges vary greatly on a variety of factors, however, and the charges you faced could well be dropped to a lower level felony or even a misdemeanor.

Prohibited Weapons in Illinois

Pursuant to Illinois code 720 ILCS 5/24-1, it is unlawful to possess, carry, manufacture, or sell any of the following weapons in Illinois:

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Illinois Gun Law OverviewEvery state has different laws regarding guns and gun ownership. It is important to understand the laws in your area if you are planning to own and carry a firearm. Keep in mind that gun laws are constantly changing, so you should talk to a skilled gun charges defense lawyer to find out the most up-to-date laws in your area.

Purchasing Firearms and Ammunition

In Illinois, to buy firearms or ammunition, residents must get a Firearms Owner’s Identification (FOID) card, or have a concealed carry permit. In order to legally sell weapons or ammunition to someone, they must first present their FOID card or permit.

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, firearm laws

In the weeks after the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, the Supreme Court is prepared to act on two gun control cases. One case involves a Connecticut ban on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, while another is a Maine man’s challenge to a federal law banning him from possessing firearms or ammunition because of a prior domestic violence conviction.

Illinois Law

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, regulation of firearm dealers, Illinois firearms dealersLast week, a bill aimed at increasing state regulation over Illinois firearms dealers was defeated by a vote in the State House of Representatives. Prior to the vote, the bill underwent six major amendments. After its defeat, sponsor Kathleen Willis quickly filed a seventh version, although the spring session ended before a vote could be held. Concerns over the law’s potential to elicit unfair weapons charges continues to spark debate among members of both parties.

House Bill 1016

Under current federal law, gun store owners are required to obtain a federal firearms license and a state Firearm Owners Identification card which are issued by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). If passed, House Bill 1016 would create an additional layer of regulation at the state level that would require store owners to obtain both state and federal licenses.

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