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

NO

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

NO

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

YES

Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

N/A

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.