If you’re a non-resident of the state of Illinois, you must comply with local and state laws when it comes to bringing a gun into the state. Here’s what you need to know.
Can You Bring a Gun to Illinois?
Assuming you’re legally allowed to own a firearm and to carry that firearm, you are generally allowed to bring it with you to the state of Illinois. However, non-residents must comply with gun case laws for transporting the firearm to and within the state.
Gun Case Laws in Illinois
Under the Illinois Criminal Code, if you have a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, you may transport a firearm anywhere in your vehicle or on your person, as long as it’s unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box or other container. You can also transport firearms that aren’t immediately accessible or that are broken down in a non-functioning state.
However, the Wildlife Code requires you to have a valid FOID card, and the weapon must be unloaded and stored in a case. If you fail to comply with the law and one of the following factors are present, you may face a Class 4 felony (with penalties of up to three years in prison):
- The firearm is uncased, loaded and immediately accessible at the time of the offense
- The firearm is uncased and unloaded, but ammunition is immediately accessible at the time fo the offense
- You do not have a valid FOID card
- You were previously adjudicated of a felony as a juvenile
- You were engaged in a misdemeanor violation of the Controlled Substances Act or another relevant act
- You are a member of a street gang
- You have had an order of protection against you in the past two years
- You were committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor involving the use of violence against another person or while located in the property of another
- You are under the age of 21 and in possession of a handgun, unless you’re engaged in lawful recreational activities
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