Category Archives: gun possession

ILLINOIS STATE SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN LAW BARRING GUNS WITHIN 1000 FEET OF A PUBLIC PARK OR SCHOOL

Illinois residents cannot be barred from carrying a firearm within 1000 feet of a public park or school, although it is still illegal to carry a gun within a public park. In People v Chairez, the court held that while … Continue reading

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ILLINOIS AGGRAVATED UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON BASED ON INVALID FOID CARD

If you are anywhere near a gun, possessing a valid Firearms Owner Identification Card can spell the difference between a clean record and big trouble. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down gun control in District of Columbia v. Heller. Since … Continue reading

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CAN ILLINOIS POLICE STOP ME JUST BECAUSE I HAVE A GUN?

Updated 12/16/19 The answer is probably not. On September 12, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Cort in People v. Aguilar partially struck down the law that barred possession of a handgun for self-defense outside the home. Thus, the mere fact you … Continue reading

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RECKLESS DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM IN ILLINOIS

To be convicted of reckless discharge of a firearm, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you 1) recklessly discharged a firearm 2) endangering the bodily safety of an individual. If either of those elements is missing, the … Continue reading

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2015 UPDATES TO ILLINOIS CONCEALED CARRY LAW

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 … Continue reading

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‘BUT IT’S HIS GUN!”: WHEN YOU ARE CHARGED WITH POSSESSING A FIREARM

The police are at the door. Your boyfriend was involved in some kind of criminal activity—maybe it was drug dealing or robbery. Somehow the police found a gun, either in your home or in your car. Now both you and … Continue reading

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