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Gunrunning Charges in Illinois

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The crime of Gunrunning in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/24-3A as follows:


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(a) A person commits gunrunning when he or she transfers 3 or more firearms in violation of any of the paragraphs of Section 24-3 of this Code.

(b) Sentence. A person who commits gunrunning:

(1) is guilty of a Class 1 felony;


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(2) is guilty of a Class X felony for which the sentence shall be a term of imprisonment of not less than 8 years and not more than 40 years if the transfer is of not less than 11 firearms and not more than 20 firearms;

(3) is guilty of a Class X felony for which the sentence shall be a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years and not more than 50 years if the transfer is of more than 20 firearms. A person who commits gunrunning by transferring firearms to a person who, at the time of the commission of the offense, is under 18 years of age is guilty of a Class X felony.

The crime of Gunrunning in Illinois committed when a person unlawfully sells or delivers 3 or more guns, in violation of the “Unlawful sale or delivery of firearms” law in Illinois.


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The penalties for Gunrunning in Illinois are quite severe, with a person who is convicted potentially facing many decades in prison.  For that reason, a person accused of Gunrunning is well advised to seek an attorney at once.


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