Illinois has tweaked its Concealed Carry law for the first time since its passage in 2013.

Under the revised law, if you are carrying a firearm in an auto, police or emergency personnel may secure the weapon if they deem it necessary for the safety of any person present. (See 430 ILCS 66/10(h)(1).) If the officer or emergency personnel determine you are not a threat and that you are mentally and physically capable of possessing the gun, they may return it before releasing you from the scene. If you are turned over for treatment to another facility, your weapon must be turned over to a peace officer who will then issue a receipt.

The 2013 law allows a licensee to carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving the weapon within the vehicle’s trunk. (See 430 ILCS 66/65(b).) Under the new law, you need not insure that the weapon is unloaded before it leaves your car.

The prior law required a physician, clinical psychologist or qualified examiner to notify the Department of State Police upon determining that someone is developmentally disabled. The new law applies to persons over age 14 and defines development disability as comparable to an indefinite intellectual disability that arose before age 18. The disability must cause significant functional limits in the individual’s ability to perform at least three of the following life functions: 1) self care, 2) receptive and expressive language, 3) mobility, 4) learning or 5) self direction. (See 405 ILCS 5/6-103.2.)

If you are charged with a weapons offense, contact an experienced criminal law attorney immediately. An attorney can review your case for your best possible defense. Even if the evidence against you is overwhelming, an attorney who is respected in the courthouse may be able to negotiate a more favorable plea agreement than you can on your own.

If you have questions about this or another related Illinois criminal or traffic matter, please contact Matt Keenan at 847-568-0160 or email matt@mattkeenanlaw.com.

Source Amendments to Concealed Carry Law.

(Besides Skokie, Matt Keenan also serves the communities of Arlington Heights, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Wilmette and Winnetka.)

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