Over the years, I have consulted with many people who were disqualified from possessing a gun due to a criminal conviction, a protective order, etc. Some of those people have told me that they knew themselves to be prohibited, but tried to buy a gun anyway to see what would happen. Doing so is a very bad idea.
The police killing of concealed carry permit holder Philando Castile is a troubling, for a variety of reasons, as are the killings of the 5 police officers in Dallas, TX that soon followed. I discuss the civil rights and gun rights implications of those killings on my gun rights website in this article.
Over the last year, we have noticed an increase in amount of time that the Illinois State Police (ISP) take to process appeals of denials of Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) cards and concealed carry permits. Sadly this is nothing new, as the ISP has been improperly delaying firearms-related matters for many years.
Gun laws vary greatly from state to state, and even within states at the city and county level. These differences can cause a gun owner serious legal problems.
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
Iowa Code section 724.8 provides a list of people who are ineligible for a permit to carry weapons under Iowa law:
Those who have been banned from gun ownership due to a criminal conviction or other disqualifying event in Illinois or Iowa can seek a restoration of their gun rights. This is a somewhat involved process that must be handled properly in order to have the best chance of succeeding. My firm has represented many clients in Iowa and Illinois to seek such a restoration of their gun rights.
A person whose Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons is revoked or denied has the right to appeal. That appeal must be filed timely and handled properly in order to properly protect the person’s right
If an individual’s application for a FOID card is denied, or if their FOID card has been revoked, the aggrieved party may file an appeal with the Illinois State Police. All final administrative decisions by the Illinois State Police are subject to further judicial review