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Old 01-30-2010, 06:15 PM   #1
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I live in rural Illinois. I am thinking about buying a small gun for security. I am also going on a road trip with my family to Florida in March. Here are my questions:

1. Do I need any permit to own a .22 caliber pistol or a rifle in IL? What if I buy a 9MM pistol/rifle?

2. I know IL do not have concealed carrying permits, can I keep a .22 caliber handgun/rifle with me in my car when I go to unsafe neighborhoods?

3. What is the law on carrying a gun in the trunk while going out of state to FL?

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Old 01-30-2010, 07:30 PM   #2
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You need a state ussied FOID card, to purchase, posess, hell, even handle one in a gunstore.

Firearm Owner's Identification Information

*)What is a FOID card?
The FOID card was created in 1968, by the FOID Act, as a way to identify those persons eligible to possess and acquire firearms and firearm ammunition as part of a public safety initiative in the State of Illinois.

*)Who needs a FOID card?
Unless specifically exempted by statute, any Illinois resident who acquires or possesses firearm or firearm ammunition within the State must have in their possession a valid Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card issued in his or her name.

*)How can I legally transport a firearm on my person or in my vehicle?
There is more than one way to legally transport a firearm. However, in order to be in compliance with all statutes, it is recommended all firearms be transported:
Unloaded,
Enclosed in a case and,
By persons who have a valid FOID card.

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I live in rural Illinois. I am thinking about buying a small gun for security. I am also going on a road trip with my family to Florida in March. Here are my questions:

1. Do I need any permit to own a .22 caliber pistol or a rifle in IL? What if I buy a 9MM pistol/rifle?

2. I know IL do not have concealed carrying permits, can I keep a .22 caliber handgun/rifle with me in my car when I go to unsafe neighborhoods?

3. What is the law on carrying a gun in the trunk while going out of state to FL?

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RockMe,

Most states do not require a permit for long guns, and some require permits for handguns. I'm not sure what illinois requires although I do know that in general, they would like to disarm all their citizens. They are very anti-gun in Illinois.

Next: Unless you can say you are on the way to the range or have some other location you are going legitimately with a weapon, being in an unsafe neighborhood does not allow someone to carry a weapon. Depending on the circumstances of why you would be investigated by the police, I would say that you most probably could or would be charged with carrying a concealed weapon even if the gun was in the trunk.

As to travel: the requirements are that the gun must be unloaded, in a case (preferably locked) and the ammunition be in a separate container away from the encased gun location and at the furthest or most remote area from any passengers. In a car that would be the trunk. In a pickup or van it gets a bit fuzzy. As long as the weapon and ammo are in a place that is not or cannot be easily accessed by anyone riding in the vehicle you are okay. If you are travelling in a pickup or van I would make sure the gun is in a locked case to avoid any problems.

Florida allows residents to carry a weapon loaded in the car even without a carry permit as long as it isn't concealed. Non-residents cannot carry openly or concealed without a permit. Florida does honor other states issued concealed carry permits.

I would check either online and google Illinois weapons policies or visit your local PD or sheriff dept.
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As to travel: the requirements are that the gun must be unloaded, in a case (preferably locked) and the ammunition be in a separate container away from the encased gun location and at the furthest or most remote area from any passengers..
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straight from Illinois wbesite- Firearm Owner's Identification Information

*)Is it legal to have ammunition in the case with the firearm?
Yes, so long as the firearm is unloaded and properly enclosed in a case.
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I stand corrected to Illinois State policy. Other states may or may not not be so lenient and because RockMe is traveling across many state lines and will encounter numerous law enforcement agencies on the way to Florida in March it's wise to avoid anything that could lead to delays enroute or problems.

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Thank you all for the information. I need the lightest caliber gun just so that it would make a large bang when fired if I am approached by muggers and give me the opportunity to run away.
I was browsing an online gun dealer's catalog for a light and inexpensive .22LR gun for my wife. The web site said that .22 calibers are so light that a permit is not needed. Reading your replies, I think that web site was incorrect. I need a permit to own even the lightest caliber gun in Illinois, right?

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Rockme, I pulled this off a Yahoo answer site. If you live near a gunshop, you can always stop in and they will help you also.

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First you have to apply for you IL firearms owners identification card or FOID. You can do this at most gun shops for a added fee or do it on your own.
http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/6-181.pd…
It costs 10 dollars and lasts 10 years. It takes about 30 days (give or take a week or two).

After you get your card check to make sure you name is spelled right and your info is correct. It is VOID if there are errors. Also you will not be approved if you have any felony conviction or a violent misdemeanor.

After you get the card and all is ok, go to a gun shop and look around. Ask question, get prices, get educated. If you have a good local shop they will be happy to help. Pick out the gun, fill out the paperwork, give the money, wait the 24 hours (rifle/shotgun) or 72 hours (handguns) waiting period. Go back, fill out the rest of the paperwork, go home with new firearm.

PS. Chicago allows shotguns and rifles but they have to be registered with the city. Handguns are not allowed in city limits.
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Thank you all for the information. I need the lightest caliber gun just so that it would make a large bang when fired if I am approached by muggers and give me the opportunity to run away.
I was browsing an online gun dealer's catalog for a light and inexpensive .22LR gun for my wife. The web site said that .22 calibers are so light that a permit is not needed. Reading your replies, I think that web site was incorrect. I need a permit to own even the lightest caliber gun in Illinois, right?
The website I quoted IS the state of Illinois.

Answers from Yahoo Answers, other gunstore sites and others opinions should be discounted.
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Fortunately Florida doesn't have a bunch of BS rules like Yankee states do

Most of our laws are Anti-Criminal instead of Anti-Legitimate Gun Owners.

Enjoy your stay in Sunny Florida

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Fortunately Florida doesn't have a bunch of BS rules like Yankee states do

Most of our laws are Anti-Criminal instead of Anti-Legitimate Gun Owners.

Enjoy your stay in Sunny Florida
Kansas and Missouri have appreciable rules.

in Mo, you can walk right past most of the ignorant assed signs.
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