Illinois Gun Laws

Illinois Gun Laws

Illinois State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                              

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase FOID Required* FOID Required*
Registration of Firearms NO** NO**
Licensing of Owners FOID Required* FOID Required*
Permit to Carry NO YES***

* Subject to municipal control. Handguns have been banned in some municipalities. ** Chicago requires registration of all firearms. *** A FOID is required to transport a handgun. 

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Forcible Felony

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle


Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

No - Unlawful and Forcible entry plus act of violence against a person in dwelling

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Illinois


Prior to applying for an Illinois CCW permit every applicant must first:

  •   Complete 16 hours of Concealed Carry firearms training provided by an ISP approved Instructor.
  •   Have an Electronic Copy of your training certificate(s). You will be required to upload your electronic certificate during the application process.
  •   Have an Illinois Digital I.D.

Illinois residents, to be Eligible for a Concealed Carry License must meet the following requirements.                                                                                                                                                                                               

  •   You are at least 21 years old.
  •    You have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card.
  •    You have not been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past 5 years.
  •   You do not have 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years.
  •   You are not subject to a pending arrest warrant, prosecution or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm.
  •   You have not been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years.
  •   You may be eligible if you satisfy the above and no objections are filed by law enforcement.

To access the Illinois state police website and to apply for a CCW: Click Here

The cost is $150 for 5 years for Illinois residents and $300 for 5 years for out-of-state residents. You can also call the Illinois State Police @ (217) 782-7980.