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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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illinois-weapons-lawAccording to the Chicago mayor, the current Illinois unlawful weapon law and punishment is not strict enough to combat gun violence across the city. Right now, a charged individual can face a prison term of up to three years if caught using a weapon unlawfully. Some, however, only serve half that time, and others go through probation or boot camp as part of the sentence. Being charged with unlawful use of a weapon is a serious matter, and it’s recommended that you contact a criminal attorney as soon as possible after you are charged. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that the current law includes the same penalties that a person might face for shoplifting, so that’s why he’s supporting a bill that would increase the sentence to a three-year mandatory sentence minimum. This new law would also require anyone found guilty to fulfill 85 percent of their time in prison. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy supports the measure, too. He argues that there are easily more than 100 examples of shootings and murders that could have been avoided if the bill were already enacted. The bill was also analyzed by the University of Chicago crime lab, where researchers determined that individuals on parole arrested for carrying a firearm illegally are four times more likely than other groups of convicted felons to be detained for murder. These individuals were also nine more likely to be arrested for a nonlethal shooting when compared with other convicted felons on parole. According to the crime lab, tougher sanctions can help to reduce incidences of crime and that this may be true for gun violence as well. Facing a weapons charge is a serious matter for individuals across the state. Consequences, including prison time, could change your life. Your future is important and how your case is handled can depend greatly on the attorney.  Trust your case to an experienced Illinois criminal lawyer today.

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