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Old 07-26-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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Default Driving through Illinois

My state has some seriously unconstitutional gun laws, but Illinois is worse. In this era of everyone flipping out about guns, what do I need to know if I'm driving through Illinois with my firearms?

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Old 07-26-2013, 03:22 PM   #2
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If I'm unsure about firearms laws or how a police officer may interpret them in a date I'm driving through I always call their state police and ask for clarification and advice. I've done it for both Florida and Georgia and reviewed timely and professional responses for both. I also write down who I'm talking to just in case. But that's just my opinion



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What do you need to know?


1. If you can, avoid it.

2. If you cannot- Federal law, called Peaceable Journey. If gun is legal to possess both at your origin and at your destination-

a. Unload, case it, place in trunk. Ammo separate, but also in trunk.
b. Close trunk, drive. Do not stop in Illinoying except brief stop for food, fuel, potty. If you overnight it throws it into different legal perspective.
c. Leave in trunk until you arrive at destination.

If you do not have a trunk separate from passenger compartment, place unloaded gun in LOCKED hard sided case.


You should be aware that it is legal for you to MAIL rifles and shotguns (unloaded) to yourself by US Mail, and you can SHIP a handgun to yourself by UPS (next day air, pricey). You do that by sending it to yourself IN CARE OF someone else. If I am headed to Big Sky Lodge in Montana, send to self C/O Big Sky Lodge. They should hold it unopened for you.

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For you travelers, Legal Heat, is a good app. It's a buck.

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Default All roads lead to Illinois :(

Sounds good - confirming what I thought already. I don't plan on stopping in that state at all, the kids can take some pictures of Chicago from the moving car!

It is tough to get to the north states without crossing Illinois the major east/west routes all pass through IL, I90, I80, I70, even the not so major I64. I'd have to go all the way down to I40 as far as interstates go to get around it, that is probably 3 days out of the way, each way .

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What do you need to know?


1. If you can, avoid it.

2. If you cannot- Federal law, called Peaceable Journey. If gun is legal to possess both at your origin and at your destination-

a. Unload, case it, place in trunk. Ammo separate, but also in trunk.
b. Close trunk, drive. Do not stop in Illinoying except brief stop for food, fuel, potty. If you overnight it throws it into different legal perspective.
c. Leave in trunk until you arrive at destination.

If you do not have a trunk separate from passenger compartment, place unloaded gun in LOCKED hard sided case.


You should be aware that it is legal for you to MAIL rifles and shotguns (unloaded) to yourself by US Mail, and you can SHIP a handgun to yourself by UPS (next day air, pricey). You do that by sending it to yourself IN CARE OF someone else. If I am headed to Big Sky Lodge in Montana, send to self C/O Big Sky Lodge. They should hold it unopened for you.
If I were to stay in a hotel in Illinois, I would bring my guns into my room with me.
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Transporting your firearm in Illinois is easier than most people think. As of July 9th 2013 many rules have changed.

Please review the Illinois State Police website to get answers to your questions.

http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/1-154.pdf

Some area's of the State are friendlier than others and many communities have their own rules on firearms. Illinois is a large State and has many beautiful sites to visit so if you can avoid the City of Chicago and Cook County, please avoid then at all costs with a firearm.(they are only a very small part of the State). But transporting a firearm in Illinois should not be a problem for most people.

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Watch your speed.
If stopped, keep your mouth shut. Unless asked.
Keep your drivers license separate from any carry permit.
Keep ammo and firearms apart, cased. Locked if no trunk.
No loaded mags or speed loaders.
If you stop for the night, it's your home. Take it to your room.

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Keep your gun unloaded and locked in a hard shell case. Have the ammunition locked in another case. Keep both cases in the trunk. If it's a semi, do not have rounds in the mag. Good luck

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Ammo and gun do not need to be in separate cases.
Gun must be unloaded.
The center console of a vehicle is a suitable carrying case.



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