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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, mental illness and gun lawsSeveral bills have been introduced in the General Assembly this session addressing gun violence in Illinois. According to the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, 80 percent of those considering suicide and over 50 percent of mass shooters in the past twenty years have showed signs of mental illness. The bills are designed to keep firearms out of hands of those with mental illness or who pose a danger to themselves or others. 

Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards

To purchase a gun in Illinois, a person must have a Firearm Owner’s Identification card (FOID card). House Bill 3160 would revoke the right to hold a FOID card if a family member petitions the court, requesting an emergency lethal violence order of protection.

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