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Illinois Concealed and Carry Law frequently asked questions
Where can I get fingerprinted for my application?
o Valid Driver’s License or State issued Identification Card and
o Valid F.O.I.D. card.
To schedule an appointment please call 708-926-2524
Who can apply for Concealed Carry, the applicant must:
o Be at least 21 years of age
o Have a currently valid FOID card (if an Illinois resident)
o Is not prohibited under federal law from possessing or receiving a firearm
o Have not been convicted or found guilty in Illinois or any other state of:
o A misdemeanor involving the use or threat of physical force or violence to any person within the last 5 years
o 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof, within the last 5 years
o Not be the subject of a pending arrest warrant, prosecution, or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification
o Not have been in residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the last 5 years
o Submit a completed Concealed Carry License application
o Successfully complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.
What type of firearm will I be allowed to carry concealed?
1. A stun gun or taser;
2. A machine gun as defined in item (i) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012;
3. A short-barreled rifle or shotgun as defined in item (ii) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012
Any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, or B-B gun which expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter, or which has a maximum muzzle velocity of less than 700 feet per second, or which expels breakable paint balls containing washable marking colors.
o Schools, including elementary, secondary, and pre-schools and child care facilities (Operators of a child care facility may possess a firearm, but must keep it in a locked container any time a child is present in the home)
o State property, including the executive, legislative and judicial branches (except designated hunting areas or buildings where firearms are permitted by the Dept. of Natural Resources)
o Local Government buildings
o Adult or juvenile detention centers, priors, jails or other correctional institutions
o Hospitals, mental health facilities and nursing homes
o Buses, trains and other forms of public transportation, as well as buildings, property or parking lots under the control of a public transportation facility
o Bars (defined as any establishment that serves alcohol, if more than 50% of its gross receipts are from the sale of alcohol)
o Public gatherings and special events on property open to the public that requires a permit issued by a unit of local government (street fairs, “taste of” events, festivals, etc.)
o Any building or property issued a Special Event Retailers License for the sale of alcohol
o Any public playground
o Parks, athletic fields under the control of a city or park district (does not include a trail or bike path, if only a portion of the trail or bike path includes a public park)
o Property under control of the Cook County Forest Preserve District
o Public and private universities and colleges and community colleges, including classrooms, athletic venues, hospitals, laboratories, performance halls and galleries, as well as parking areas, sidewalks and common areas
o Gaming facilities, horse racing tracks and off-track betting parlors
o College and professional sports facilities
o Amusement parks
o Zoos and museums
o Nuclear power plants or other facilities regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (no vehicle “safe haven”)
o Any area where firearms are prohibited by federal law (no vehicle “safe haven”)
Additional Provisions for Colleges, Community Colleges and Universities:
o May prohibit persons from carrying firearms within any vehicle owned or controlled by the college or university;
o May establish their own policies involving discipline;
o May establish their own policies regarding designated areas for parking vehicles that carry firearms;
o May permit carrying and use of firearms for recognized programs, such as a shooting club, firearm instruction, military science and law enforcement training.
o (In almost all cases, the prohibitions include parking lots and other property under control of the entity):
Vehicles Are a Safe Haven
Anyone carrying a concealed firearm onto a parking area may store the firearm in a case that is locked in the vehicle or in a locked case in the vehicle. Persons are permitted to step out of their vehicle in order to lock the weapon in a trunk or retrieve it when leaving the area.