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Overview for Illinois

One of the strictest states in the U.S. Illinois was the last state to implement the right to carry, and does not honor the permits of any other states.

Illinois requires an FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) to purchase and to own any firearm. More information on FOID card is available here. There is a mandatory 72 hour waiting period on handguns and a 24 hour on long guns. Law enforcement officers and firearm dealers are exempt from the waiting period.

Carrying a firearm while wearing a hood or mask is illegal.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase Yes Yes
Open Carry No No
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Partial Partial
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License Yes Yes

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for Illinois.

Illinois Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Illinois Magazine Capacity

10 rounds
10 rounds

Illinois Ghost Gun law

The Ghost gun law in Illinois states the following:

It is prohibited in Illinois to sell, offer to sell or transfer any firearm that doesn't have a serial number and unserialized unfinished frame or receiver to a buyer who is not a federally licensed manufacturer, dealer or importer.

In Illinois you cannot knowingly possess, transport, or receive an unserialized unfinished frame or receiver if you are not a licenced manufacturer, dealer or importer

Illinois Imitation Firearms

What is classified as an Imitation Firearm in Illinois?

The following is a list of imitation firearms in Illinois:

Does Illinois have an inheritance gun law?

Yes, Illinois has an inheritance gun law.

Illinois FAQ

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