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St. Charles weapons charges defense attorney

Gun violence is a major concern for Illinois residents, especially those living in or around Chicago. In order to help prevent needless injuries and deaths from gun violence, Illinois has enacted several strict gun ownership policies. In order to legally own a firearm in Illinois, you must obtain a Firearm Ownership Identification (FOID) card. The Illinois State Police has the right to revoke your FOID card and therefore withdraw your legal authorization to possess a firearm for a number of reasons. If you are a gun owner, it is critical that you understand the laws pertaining to firearm possession to avoid criminal charges.    

FOID Eligibility

In order to receive a FOID card, gun owners must meet several criteria. Illinois residents are not eligible for a FOID card if they:

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illinois-concealed-carryThe Firearm Concealed Carry Act was placed into law last summer. It is no longer enough to carry a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOI) Card to carry or own a concealed weapon. A person must meet several requirements to be qualified for a license to carry a concealed firearm or they may be arrested for weapons charges. The applicant:

  • must be at least 21 years of age
  • must have a current, valid FOI Card when applying for the license
  • must not be prohibited under the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act from having or receiving a firearm
  • must not have any convictions or be found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the use of physical threat or force or violence in the five years prior to applying for the license
  • must not have more than one DUI violation within the five years leading up to applying for the license
  • must not have a pending arrest warrant or any legal action that would disqualify the applicant from carrying a firearm
  • must not have been or currently be in treatment for alcohol or drug abuse within five years of applying for the license
  • must complete approved firearms training

The application must be completed along with the requested documentation. Applicants are subject to an extensive background investigation. Those who have not lived in the State for more than 30 days who apply are considered non-resident applicants and must follow the required process. Cook County Child Safety Lock Ordinance Along with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, Cook County commissioners passed an ordinance regarding the safety locks and storage of guns in homes. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, all guns kept in a home must have a trigger lock, be stored unloaded in a container separate from ammunition or be secured by the legal owner in any environment where persons 21 years of age or younger are present. Violators are subject to fines and even jail time. If you are facing weapons charges, you should contact an experienced Naperville, Illinois criminal defense attorney immediately.

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