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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, concealed carry lawSince the passage of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act in 2013, it is legal in Illinois for certain individuals to carry concealed weapons on their persons. Three recently introduced bills seek to expand the reach of the law by allowing those with appropriate licenses to carry weapons in currently prohibited locations.

Qualifications for a License

The new bills would only affect those who have obtained a legal license to carry a firearm from the Department of State Police. To be granted such a license, an applicant must:

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concealed carry lawA bill has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner, amending Illinois’ concealed carry laws. Though the new law does not drastically change the impact of the Act, it does address important issues like privacy, mental illness, and interactions with law enforcement officers, which have the potential to affect a significant number of Illinois residents.

The Bill

Senate Bill 836 amends certain provisions in the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, passed in 2013, which legalized the carrying of concealed firearms in Illinois. Importantly, the amendments involve changes regarding how developmental disabilities affect an individual’s ability to own a firearm, and on law enforcement officers’ authority in potentially threatening situations.

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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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