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weapons charge, Illinois gun laws, DuPage County weapons charge defense attorneys, gun possessionOwning a firearm is a constitutionally protected right. However, each state has unique gun laws that can be challenging and complicated. Consulting a DuPage County criminal defense attorney can help you understand what your rights are to defend a weapons charge.

Illinois has several requirements that one is bound by to legally own a firearm. Illinois requires people without concealed handgun permits to get a firearm owner’s identification card (FOID) in order to legally purchase a gun or ammunition. The process will require you to submit to a background check. You will have to wait 24 hours from the time you buy a long gun to take possession of the firearm, and 72 hours for a handgun.

Safety Standards

Illinois law prohibits a federally licensed firearms dealer from manufacturing, selling, or delivering a firearm to an unlicensed buyer. It is also illegal to sell a handgun with a barrel, slide, frame, or receiver manufactured with a non homogeneous metal that melts at a temperature less than 800 degrees Fahrenheit.

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DuPage County  gun possession charges attorneys, gun possession chargesIllinois has a history of having strict gun possession laws. For example, Illinois was the last state in the country to allow for concealed weapon carrying, which you must have a permit to do.

If you are charged with a gun crime, you can expect that a court and jury will not take such allegations lightly. Retaining a defense attorney is the first step you can take to safeguard your constitutional rights as a defendant. 

Requirements for Gun Owners

In order to buy and possess a gun in Illinois, at the minimum you must have a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. This card does not allow you to carry concealed. It is a prerequisite to obtaining a concealed weapons permit.

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