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Persons Ineligible for Concealed Carry Permit in Illinois

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Illinois has very strict gun regulations. To carry a concealed firearm in the State of Illinois, an individual must apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry License. Pursuant to Illinois law, only


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certain individuals are eligible for an Illinois Concealed Carry License.

The Firearm Concealed Carry Act of Illinois regulates which individuals may apply for a Concealed Carry License. A person is ineligible for a Concealed Carry Permit if any of the following are true:

1. The person is under the age of 21;
2. They do not possess a valid Firearm Owner’s identification Card (“FOID card”) at the time of the application, and they are prohibited from possessing a valid FOID card under the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act or federal law;
3. The person has been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past five years;
4. The person has had two or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years;
5. The person is 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;
6. The person has been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years; or
7. The person has not completed firearms training and any educational component as required by the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act.


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The firearms training and educational requirement includes a completion of a firearms training course or combination of courses of at least 16 hours, which includes training on firearm safety; the basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading, and unloading of a concealable firearm; all applicable State and Federal laws relating to the ownership, storage, carry, and transportation of a firearm; and instruction on the appropriate and lawful interaction with law enforcement while transporting or carrying a concealed firearm.

Many individuals are denied a Concealed Carry License in Illinois because they are prohibited from carrying a valid FOID card. Individuals prohibited from carrying a valid FOID card include individuals convicted of a Felony; individuals subject to an existing Order of Protection or No Contact/No Stalking Order, individuals convicted within the past five years of battery, assault, aggravated assault, or violation of an Order of Protection in which a firearm was used; individuals convicted of domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery, or a substantially similar offense; individuals who have used or been addicted to within the past year any controlled substance or narcotics in violation of state or federal law; individuals who were discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions; or an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States.
An individual who is denied a concealed carry license may appeal the denial. If the denial is based on a criminal charge, an individual may also request a pardon or attempt to get their record expunged.

As an attorney who is an avid firearms enthusiast, NRA-certified firearms instructor, and supporter of concealed carry, I find cases where I can help clients defend their gun rights to be some of the most rewarding. I have represented clients in appeals of permit to carry denials in Illinois, multiple self defense shootings cases, felon in possession of a firearm cases, and many other type of gun-related legal matters. That experience and passion for gun cases is something that I bring to each gun-related case that I handle for my clients.


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