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Old 03-18-2017, 11:51 PM   #1
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I imagine there are a lot of folks here who don't know that since our carry law passed you can drive through Illinois with a loaded handgun in your vehicle. You are required to have a carry license from your state. Also you can't take the loaded gun outside your vehicle. It must be concealed, you could put it in a closed console or glove box or have it on your person or in a case.

Since you can't take it out of the vehicle loaded it would be a good idea to not have it on your person so you don't forget and exit the vehicle with a loaded handgun. You could transport the handgun unloaded to a motel room, with no round in the chamber and no loaded magazine in the handgun.

I know a lot of folks will say they will just go around Illinois. However driving through Illinois isn't like going through New Jersey. In fact people fly
in and out of Chicagos O'Hare with firearms in checked baggage all the time.

Avoiding the Chicago area can be a
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:03 AM   #2
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still sounds like enough of a reason to stay out of Illinois to me.
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Either follow all the traffic rules so you don't get stopped. Pray you don't get in an accident. Or don't drive through Illinois. If you MUST, the laws are the gun must be empty and either in the trunk or in a locked container.
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Well, Junglebob, what you CAN do, is stay on the interstate,

fill your gas tank as you approach the IL state line, stop as little as

possible in IL, and don't SPEND ONE MORE DIME THAN YOU POSSIBLY

HAVE TO, in Illinois. THEN, when you get where you are going, let the IL

Tourist Bureau know what you did, and tell them you hope they don't like

it.
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How to Drive Through Illinois With a Loaded Handgun?
Drive on gravel roads?
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How to Drive Through Illinois With a Loaded Handgun?
Drive on gravel roads?
or stay out of Illinois altogether!
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Very quickly.
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actually, the OP is right on this.

430 ILCS 66/40
(e) Nothing in this Act shall prohibit a non-resident from transporting a concealed firearm within his or her
vehicle in Illinois, if the concealed firearm remains within his or her vehicle and the non-resident:
(1) is not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under federal law;
(2) is eligible to carry a firearm in public under the laws of his or her state or territory of residence, as
evidenced by the possession of a concealed carry license or permit issued by his or her state of
residence, if applicable; and
(3) is not in possession of a license under this Act. If the non-resident leaves his or her vehicle
unattended, he or she shall store the firearm within a locked vehicle or locked container within the vehicle in
accordance with subsection (b) of Section 65 of this Act. (Source: P.A. 98-63, eff. 7-9-13.)
Subsection (b) of Section 65 States:
(b) Notwithstanding subsections (a), (a-5), and (a-10) of this Section except under paragraph (22) or (23) of
subsection (a), any licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm into the parking area of a
prohibited location specified in subsection (a), (a-5), or (a-10) of this Section 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.
Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
"Concealed firearm" means a loaded or unloaded handgun carried on or about a person completely or mostly
concealed from view of the public or on or about a person within a vehicle.
Note: If you stop you can store the loaded handgun in the vehicle in a closed compartment in a locked
vehicle or in a locked case out of view in the vehicle. You can only leave your vehicle with a loaded
handgun to store it in the trunk and retrieve it from the trunk right before you enter your vehicle.You can
store it as specified in the law above.
www.handgunlaw.us 11
Note: 20 IL Administrative Rules Section 1231.10 Definitions "Within a Vehicle" means within the
passenger compartment of a passenger or recreational vehicle or within a lockable container secured to a
motorcycle.
Note: See “Chicago and Laser Sights” In the Places Off Limits Section as Laser Sights are Illegal in
Chicago.

Note: If you are traveling and don’t have a permit/license from your state of residence you can transport the
firearm unloaded and secured in a case in the trunk or in the back of an SUV. You must be able to legally
possess the firearm in your state of residence. You can take it into your Motel/Hotel Room if they don’t ban
firearms in their Motel/Hotel.
Title 18 > Part 1 > Chapter 44 > § 926A
§ 926A. Interstate Transportation Of Firearms
Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political
subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping,
or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he
may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry
such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any
ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment
of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the
driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove
compartment or console.
From the IL State Police: Is it illegal to have ammunition in the case with the firearm?
No, if the firearm is unloaded and is properly enclosed in a case and the individual possessing the firearm
and ammunition is in possession of a valid FOID card.
From the IL State Police: Can I keep a firearm in my hotel room when I travel?
Yes, assuming no local ordinance applies. The critical question is how the firearm was carried into the room
and transported in a vehicle. Those actions must be done lawfully.


http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/illinois.pdf

not that I plan on passing through IL anytime soon, but it is the law there. the only time I could see possibly travelling there would be to Sturgis, and I'm not going to make it there this year.

and chances are it would be on 2 wheels, so I'd have to carry in the saddle bag (Right one has a built in holster) or in the tank bag. only stops would be for gas, and I don't tend to do cross country trips alone, so leaving it one the bike just means having to have one of the other riders sit with the bikes on said trip if I had to go in. no matter what route i take, now that I only have the PA LTC, I'm going to hit a state that does not honor my LTC, so i might as well just stay on I 80 until after I get past the Great Lakes.
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Kfox75, Thanks for posting 430 ILCS 66/40. It shows that traveling through Illinois isn't as perilous as driving through New Jersey or going into Canada with a handgun. Our law doesn't give recognition of other states CC licenses outside of the vehicle but hopefully in the future it will. There are 4 states that residents can get a non-resident CC license from Illinois. I wouldn't suggest getting it however unless the money is no object ($300) plus a couple hundred or so for training, and if next year your states laws aren't considered "substantially similar" , as happened to residents of 3 states, and your license is canceled. Now 3 of the 4 states are different. Of course you would get no refund if this happened.

Just for information the states you can be from, this year, and get a non-resident Illinois CC license are Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Virginia. Of course let the buyer be ware, it may change next year. So if you are wealthy and qualify please apply. Our state is broke and the politicians can use the money for cronies.

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