Illinois concealed carry laws are far newer than in most states. In fact, the state is the last in the nation to allowed concealed carry permits; first allowing the law to go into effect after July 9, 2013. State Police were given 180 days to come up with the new laws, and they are as follows:
Is Illinois an Open Carry State?
Illinois is a shall-issue state, so it’s not legal to open carry. Since the state does not allow open carry, it is illegal to open carry in a vehicle or on your person.
Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses
One of the benefits of Illinois being the last state to allow concealed carry licenses is that the state had a massive amount of framework to go off of. The state’s laws have allowed for over 300,000 permits to be issued.
A main benefit of this is that the state leaves some of the power to remain with local law enforcement.
While every applicant must meet standard requirements to receive a license, law enforcement can deny an applicant.
If the applicant is:
A danger to himself/herself
A danger to the public
In this case, law enforcement can deny the license, but the final say will go in front of the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board.
The applicant and law enforcement will have their cases heard, and the board will consider all of the arguments. An approval or denial will be sent to the applicant via mail, and if the applicant objects to the board’s decision, an appeal process does exist.
How to Get a Concealed Carry Permit in Illinois?
Illinois requires residents to have two main things to be able to conceal carry:
Illinois does not allow or honor concealed carry permits from other states.
But numerous states will allow a person to conceal carry in their state with an Illinois CCL. These states include:
Illinois CCW reciprocity map can change at any time, so it’s important to check with the state where you intend to carry to ensure that reciprocity does exist. Illinois concealed carry classes may or may not provide information on concealed carry.
All persons that choose to conceal carry in another state will be subject to state laws.
Illinois Concealed Carry: Places Permitted to Carry
Places where CCL holders are allowed to carry their firearms include:
All areas not considered “off-limits”
Restaurants, unless posted otherwise
Illinois Concealed Carry: Places Off-Limits
Places off-limits for all concealed carry holders include:
Private elementary or secondary schools
Public elementary or secondary schools
Courts (circuit, appellate and Supreme Court)
Buildings or areas under control of a local government
Mental health facilities
Jail or prison
Establishments where 50% of gross receipts come from the sale of alcohol in the past 3 months
Special events open to the public
Any property or building granted a Special Event Retailer’s license
Athletic areas or facilities
Areas under control of a public or private college or university
Facilities licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act
Facilities licensed under the Illinois Horse Racing Act
Areas regulated by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Places prohibited under Federal Law
Additional Laws and Requirements
Illinois concealed carry renewal does require a 3-hour renewal class to be taken, but you will have to qualify at the shooting range again. You will not have to take a test on the rest of the information covered.
Another fee of $150 will be required for renewal and there is also an additional charge for the class, which ranges from $60 – $85.
A few additional bits of information that should be noted:
Open carry is not permitted.
“No weapon” signs are enforced.
You don’t have to notify an officer when carrying.
Members of the military or those that have completed firearms training in other states can obtain an 8-hour credit towards their 16-class requirement.
There is a 72-hour waiting period when purchasing a firearm before the firearm is given.
FOID cards are required when purchasing a firearm or ammunition.
Private sellers of firearms must verify the buyer’s FOID card and keep their record of sale for 10 years.
Illinois does have stand your ground laws.
Firearm’s training may exempt active law enforcement or firearms instructors.