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Summary of Illinois Gun Laws

Illinois is a shall-issue state, meaning that Illinois State Police must issue a concealed carry license if the applicant meets certain qualifications. However, Illinois differs from other states in that it still gives law enforcement the right to object to a concealed carry license being issued if they think the applicant is a danger to public safety or himself/herself. If the police do object, then the case is heard by the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board, who will make the final decision as to whether or not a license is issued. The applicant is notified by mail of the Board’s decision. There is an appeal process.

Open carry of a handgun on your person or in a vehicle is illegal.

Illinois law requires residents to have a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) to possess a firearm or ammunition. An Illinois Concealed Carry License (CCL) is required to concealed carry a firearm in Illinois. The license permits the licensee to carry a concealed loaded or unloaded handgun on his or her person or within a vehicle. FOID card holders (without a CCL) can legally carry unloaded firearms that are enclosed in a case. Non-resident licenses are only available for residents of Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia.  A 16-hour firearms training course conducted by a state-approved instructor is required for all new concealed carry license applications. In terms of reciprocity, Illinois does not honor CCW licenses from any other state.

Illinois is a Castle Doctrine state. You are under no legal duty to retreat if threatened, and using deadly force is justified. Furthermore, the law prevents claims being filed against any person defending his or her house.

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Illinois Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Illinois allow constitutional carry?

No. Illinois does not recognize constitutional carry.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Illinois?

No. Open carry is not permitted in Illinois.

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Illinois requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall issue, with discretion.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Illinois to get a concealed carry permit?

You must be at least 21 years old to carry concealed in Illinois.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Illinois with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No. An Illinois concealed carry permit does not cover weapons other than handguns.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Illinois?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase with a FOID. Note: On March 21, 2019 the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that what was essentially a comprehensive ban that prohibited carrying stun guns and Tasers in public in 720 ILCS 5/24-1(a)(4) was unconstitutional. The court didn’t mention the provision in the same statute that makes it illegal to carry stun guns and Tasers on public streets or public land within city limits [720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/24-1(a)(10)]. It’s not clear whether that prohibition could still be enforced or would withstand a legal challenge in light of the Webb decision. However, it’s against Illinois law to have a stun gun or Taser under certain circumstances and in certain places, including:

  • when you intend to use the weapon unlawfully against someone else;
  • while you’re masked or hooded in a way to hide your identity;
  • in a place licensed to sell intoxicating beverages;
  • at any licensed public gathering where admission is charged;
  • in a school, college, or courthouse;
  • in or within 1,000 feet of a public park;
  • in public housing, or
  • ​​​​​​​on public transit.

[720 ILCS 5/24-1]

The sale or possession of stun guns and Tasers are Illegal in Chicago [Chicago Code 8-24-020].

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Illinois issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes, but only residents of states or territories of the United States that have laws substantially similar to the requirements to obtain a license under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act are eligible. Currently, the only states considered to be substantially similar are Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Illinois allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No. The Illinois concealed carry registry is not publicly accessible.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Illinois?

Yes, only with an Illinois CCL [430 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 66/10(c)]. A non-resident may transport a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle if they have a valid CCW permit in their home state. They cannot under any circumstances remove the firearm from the vehicle. If they need to exit the vehicle they must lock it or place the firearm in a locked container. Any ammunition needs to be stored separately [430 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 66/40(e)].

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Illinois?

No. You may not carry a concealed handgun at a roadside rest area in Illinois.

[430 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 66/65]

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Illinois?

Yes, only with an Illinois CCL, though not in posted buildings, IDNR State Refuge areas, IDNR Dedicated Nature Preserves or IDNR children playground areas.

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Illinois?

Yes, only with an Illinois CCL, unless posted.

[430 Comp. Stat. § 66/65(a)(9)]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Illinois have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Any licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm into the parking area of a prohibited location shall be permitted to carry a concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle into the parking area and may store a firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the vehicle in the parking area. A licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicle's trunk. For purposes of this subsection, "case" includes a glove compartment or console that completely encloses the concealed firearm or ammunition, the trunk of the vehicle, or a firearm carrying box, shipping box or other container.

Anyone with an FOID card can have a firearm that is not immediately accessible or unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container in a vehicle.

[430 Ill. Comp. Stat. 66/55(b)]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Illinois?

No. There is no law requiring you to notify an officer that you are carrying concealed unless specifically asked.

[430 Comp. Stat. § 66/10(h)]

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Illinois have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. Illinois does not place restrictions on handgun magazine capacity.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Illinois have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. Armor-piercing ammunition is prohibited. Residents must obtain a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card in order to buy ammunition. Even if buying ammo outside the state, residents need that FOID card and a driver's license or state-issued identification card in order to take shipment of ammunition.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Illinois? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.


Signs stating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of a building, premises or real property specified in this section as a prohibited area, unless the building or premises is a private residence. The sign shall provide persons entering the property notice that they are entering a prohibited area in which, pursuant to the act, they shall not carry a concealed firearm. Signs shall be of a uniform design as established by the Department and shall be 4" by 6" in size.

Except as otherwise provided, a licensee in violation of this Act shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class A misdemeanor. The department may suspend a license for up to 6 months for a second violation and shall permanently revoke a license for 3 or more violations of Section 65 of this Act. Any person convicted of a violation under this Section shall pay a $150 fee to be deposited into the Mental Health Reporting Fund, plus any applicable court costs or fees.

[430 Comp. Stat. §§ 66/65(d), 66/70

[1231.150 Admin. Rules]


Does Illinois have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms and ammunition is reserved to the state, except local municipalities can regulate:

  • Individuals who do not possess a valid FOID card or CCL; 
  • Firearms other than handguns; and
  • Matters related to the sale, purchase and storage of all firearms.

 [430 Comp. Stat. § 66/90]

Red Flag Law?

Does Illinois have a red flag law?

Yes. An immediate family member of a person or a law enforcement officer may file a petition prohibiting and enjoining a named person from having in his or her custody or control, purchasing, possessing, or receiving any firearms.

[430 ILCS 67/1]

Carry while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Does Illinois have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Yes, but not while under the influence.

[430 ILCS 66/70(d)]

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Illinois?

Yes. A Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) is required when purchasing a handgun in Illinois.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Illinois?

If a firearm is being sold privately, then by law the seller must verify the purchaser’s FOID card and also keep a record of any sale for a period of 10 years. To verify the purchaser’s FOID card, the seller must contact the state police and receive a transfer approval number via a phone call or web site.

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Illinois?

Yes. As of January 1, 2019, the waiting period for the purchase of all guns is 72 hours. The purchaser must also have a FOID card issued by the State Police to purchase any firearm or ammunition. 

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Illinois?

No. Illinois does not require handguns to be registered.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Illinois?

18 years old.

Must have a FOID Card. A person who is under 21 years of age must have the written consent of his or her parent or legal guardian to possess and acquire firearms and firearm ammunition. This includes having your application signed by a notary public. Also, he or she must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor other than a traffic offense or adjudged delinquent. The parent or legal guardian providing written consent must be eligible to possess a valid FOID card.

[430 ILCS 65/4]

Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Illinois?

No. Under the current regulations, concealed carry permit holders are not allowed to possess any firearm, including a concealed firearm, when deer or turkey hunting unless the firearm carried is legal for taking the species being hunted.

[IL Dept of Natural Resources FAQs]

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Illinois?

No. It is unlawful to carry any firearm or sidearm while hunting deer with a bow and arrow.

[Section 670.30]

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Illinois Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Illinois honor?

Illinois will not honor any other states’ concealed carry permits.

Other States' Reciprocity With Illinois

Which states honor permits from Illinois?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.

States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Illinois

Michigan (resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) Eligibility Requirements


An Applicants must:

  • Be an Illinois resident or employed in Illinois as a security guard, law enforcement officer or by the US military;
  • Complete a paper application by calling (217)782-7980 or apply online;
  • Be at least 21 years old or 18 with written consent of a parent or legal guardian;
  • Not have been convicted of any Felony under the laws of this or any other jurisdiction;
  • Not have been adjudicated as a mental defective;
  • Not have been a patient in a mental institution or any part of a medical facility for the treatment of mental illness within the past 5 years;
  • Not be intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled;
  • Not have used or been addicted to any controlled substance or narcotics in violation of state or federal law within the past year;
  • Not be the subject of an existing Order of Protection or a No Contact/No Stalking Order;
  • Not have been convicted of battery, assault, aggravated assault, violation of an order of protection, or a substantially similar offense in which a firearm was used or possessed within the past 5 years;
  • Not have been convicted of domestic battery (felony or misdemeanor), aggravated domestic battery or a substantially similar offense;
  • Not have been adjudicated by a court as a mental defective or ordered by a court, board or authorized entity to in-patient or out-patient mental health treatment;
  • Not be an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States;
  • Not have failed a drug test for a drug for which you did not have a prescription within the past year;
  • Not have been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
  • Never have renounced my citizenship as a citizen of the United States;
  • Not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice; and
  • Not be prohibited from acquiring or possessing firearms or firearm ammunition by any Illinois State statute or by federal law.

Illinois Concealed Carry Permit Information


An applicant must:

  • Be 21 years old;
  • Have a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) — FOIDs are valid for 10 years and are processed in 30 days;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony;
  • Not have failed a drug test for a drug for which the applicant did not have a prescription within the previous year;
  • Not have been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past 5 years;
  • Not have two or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs or intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years;
  • Not be subject to a pending arrest warrant, prosecution or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm;
  • Not have been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification or drug treatment within the past 5 years; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

Initial License $150/$300 for non-residents

Renewals $150/$300 for non-residents

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

90 - 120 days

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Illinois grants non-resident permits only to residents of states or territories of the United States that have laws related to firearm ownership, possession and carrying that are substantially similar to the requirements to obtain a license under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act are eligible. Currently, the only states considered to be substantially similar are Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia. The application is the same as for residents.

Name/Address Changes:

Notify the Department within 30 days of moving or changing residence or any change of name and submit the appropriate fee. The Department may require a notarized statement that you have changed your residence or name, including the prior and current address or name and the date you moved or changed your name.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

You must report your IL CCL lost or stolen within 10 days of discovering it has been lost or stolen. You will need to provide a notarized statement and, if applicable, a copy of the police report stating that it was stolen. There is a replacement fee.

Illinois Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Illinois Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete firearms training provided by an ISP-approved instructor.

Step 2:

Complete the online application. Go to the Illinois State Police website and get a user ID and password. The following documents are required:

  • A valid Illinois driver’s license or state ID
  • An Illinois State Police user ID and password
  • An electronic copy of your training certificate(s)
  • A valid FOID or FOID in process
  • An electronic head and shoulders photo taken within the previous 30 days
  • Provide the last 10 years of residency
  • Optional — An applicant is not required to submit fingerprints with the application; however, the department has an additional 30 days to review an application that does not include fingerprints. If opting to provide fingerprints, go to a fingerprint vendor and have your prints taken.

NOTE: Applicants will be assigned a transaction control number (TCN) at the time of fingerprinting and will be required to retain that TCN to complete the application. Specify to the Live Scan vendor that your fingerprint application is for the concealed carry application.

Make your payment.

Step 3:

Allow 90 days for processing, or 120 days if electronic fingerprints are not provided.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Firearms Training Requirements in Illinois

A 16-hour firearms training course conducted by a state-approved instructor is required for all new concealed carry license applications. The course consists of: 

  • Firearms safety;
  • Principles of marksmanship;
  • Care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealable firearm;
  • All applicable Illinois and federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carrying, and transportation of a firearm; and
  • Proof of certification by a certified instructor that the applicant passed a live fire exercise with a concealable firearm consisting of:
    • A minimum of 30 rounds; and
    • 10 rounds from a distance of 5 yards, 10 rounds from a distance of 7 yards, and 10 rounds from a distance of 10 yards at a target approved by DSP.

Members of the military and persons who have completed a firearms training course in another state that has been approved by Illinois can obtain a credit of 8 hours of the required 16-hour course.

A 3-hour training course firearms training course conducted by a state-approved instructor is required for all concealed carry license renewals.

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Illinois Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Illinois Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

You are eligible to renew your license if it is valid and you are within 90 days of the expiration date. A license is invalid upon expiration of the license, unless the licensee has submitted an application to renew the license, and the applicant is otherwise eligible to possess a license under this Act. A licensee is ineligible to renew their license outside of that timeframe and is required to take the 16-hour training course and submit a new application.

Step 2:

Complete firearms training provided by an ISP-approved instructor.

Step 3:

Login to the State Police firearms website and apply for a renewal of your license.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

520 ILCS 5/3.4b states that a current or retired law enforcement officer authorized by law to possess a concealed firearm shall be exempt from the provisions of that Code prohibiting possession of those firearms. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board was created under 50 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 705/10. The Illinois Retired Officer Concealed Carry (IROCC) is a program of the Board and the Law Enforcement Training Advisory Commission under Illinois Public Act 094-0103. The IROCC coordinates yearly firearm qualification and issues firearm qualification cards for LEOs and retired LEOs. The process and applications can be found on the IROCC website.

Illinois Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Illinois?
  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, unless posted.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Only with CCL (or, for non-residents, a valid concealed carry permit from their home state).
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? No.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Illinois?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Schools or child-care facilities; 
  • Colleges and universities; 
  • Any stadium, arena, or the real property or parking area under the control of a stadium, arena, or any collegiate or professional sporting event;
  • Public playgrounds, parks and athletic facilities; 
  • Government buildings; 
  • Courts; 
  • Adult or juvenile detention or correctional institutions, prisons, jails; 
  • Hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing homes; 
  • Public transportation; 
  • Establishments where more than 50 percent of sales are from alcohol; 
  • Public gatherings or special events open to the public; 
  • Locations that have been issued special liquor licenses; 
  • Cook County Forest Preserve property; 
  • Gaming facilities; 
  • Public libraries; 
  • Airports; 
  • Amusement parks, zoos and museums; 
  • Nuclear facilities; 
  • Private property that is clearly and conspicuously posted; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.

FAQ: Illinois Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Illinois?

You can own any knife you would like as long as it is not a ballistic knife or throwing star. Carry of a switchblade is legal with a FOID card. Automatic knives are in the gray area since they are activated by pressing a button, but balisong knives are legal. However, there are some areas (such as courthouses, public parks, public transportation) that are off-limits [Ill. Public Act 100-0082] & [720 Comp. Stat. § 5/24-1].

Related Information & Links for Illinois Gun Laws

Illinois Gun Laws Updates:

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Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table


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Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table


Added permit renewal and name/address change info


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Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)


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Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication


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Updated summary clarifying CCL info and At A Glance table info for state parks and restaurants


Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Illinois

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