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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Does Chicago Have the Strictest Gun Laws in the Country?

It’s been said that Chicago has the “toughest gun laws” in the country – but is that really true?

And more importantly, what happens to you if you’re caught with a gun you’re not supposed to have?

Chicago’s Gun Laws: Not the Toughest in the Country

Chicago has gun laws, just like every other city in the U.S. does – but it’s a myth that they’re the “toughest” in the country. In fact, the laws changed so long ago that it doesn’t seem to make sense for people to make that claim.

At one time, there was a ban on firearms that weren’t already registered… but it only lasted until 2010, when the Supreme Court struck it down. Then, in 2013, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons.

It turns out that New York has stricter gun laws than Chicago does.

But that doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all. If you’re caught with an illegal firearm, or if you’re illegally possessing a firearm, you could find yourself in serious hot water with the courts.

What Are the Penalties for Gun Possession Crimes in Chicago?

If you’re accused of possessing or using a gun illegally, it’s probably in your best interest to get in touch with a Chicago gun crime lawyer as soon as possible.

You need a firearm owner’s identification card, or FOID, if you have a firearm in your home or car – but even if you have a valid card, you still have to be careful about the way you transport the gun and the way you use it.

The unlawful use of a weapon is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, and you could spend up to 3 years in prison if you’re convicted. Felons can’t own guns, which means if you’re convicted of using or carrying this type of weapon illegally, you’re going to continue paying for it long after you’ve served your time.

Do You Need to Talk to a Chicago Firearm Possession Attorney?

If you’ve been arrested for illegal possession of a firearm, call us right away at 847-920-4540. We’ll give you a free case review and develop a strategy to get you the best possible outcome.

 

 


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