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Possession of a Stolen Firearm Charges in Illinois

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The crime of Possession of a Stolen Firearm in Illinois is defined by 720 ILCS 5/24-3.8 as follows:


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A person commits possession of a stolen firearm when he or she, not being entitled to the possession of a firearm, possesses the firearm, knowing it to have been stolen or converted. The trier of fact may infer that a person who possesses a firearm with knowledge that its serial number has been removed or altered has knowledge that the firearm is stolen or converted.

Possession of a Stolen Firearm in Illinois is a Class 2 felony, meaning that a person who is convicted faces a prison sentence of 2-5 years and a fine of up to $25,000.

As a conviction for Possession of a Stolen Firearm is itself a felony, a person who is convicted will be barred from possessing firearms in the future.


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Anyone who is accused of Possession of a Stolen Firearm in Illinois is wise to exercise their right to remain silent, and seek an attorney at once, as it is important to handle the case properly.


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