There are many great reasons to obtain a Concealed Carry License (CCL), including having the ability to exercise your right to defend yourself and others. However, as a responsible gun owner, you should realize that for your own safety and the safety of others, you should educate yourself to the best of your ability about the legislature regarding concealed carry. Here are 3 things to know about Illinois concealed carry laws:
1. Acquiring a CCL can take a long time, as there are several steps required to obtain the license. First you have to apply for an Illinois Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, which can take several weeks. You also have to complete a 16-hour firearms training course from an approved instructor. Additional restrictions for obtaining a CCL include age, criminal history, and drug history.
2. The legislature of the county or city you live in can conflict with and override what is or isn’t allowed by the state. There are also restrictions to be aware of regarding where you can bring a weapon; parks, roadside rest areas, restaurants, and other types of commercial buildings outlaw carrying weapons.
3. While a CCL is required to transport a loaded, concealed handgun in your vehicle, you don’t need a CCL to transport an unloaded weapon stored in a case, nor do you need a CCL to keep a handgun on private property. If your sole concern is home defense, a CCL is not strictly required.
This basic information is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Illinois gun legislature and concealed carry laws. In order to fully protect yourself and others, be sure to do your own extensive research on the subject so that you can be knowledgeable and confident when you carry a weapon. For more information about Illinois concealed carry laws, please contact:
Northern Illinois Carry, LLC
405 Somonauk St.
Sycamore, IL 60178
Phone: (815) 501-9421