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Wheaton IL gun charges lawyerThe United States has a long history with firearms: for as long as we have been a country, firearms have been present. The U.S. Constitution specifically guarantees citizens the right to bear arms, though that right can be restricted if states deem it necessary. 

Illinois has some of the most strict gun laws in the country. The city of Chicago did not even allow residents to own firearms until 2010, and it was not until 2013 that the state began allowing residents to carry concealed weapons. Violating Illinois weapons laws can come with serious consequences. 

Here are a few things you may not have known about Illinois gun laws:

1, You Must Have a FOID Card to Legally Possess a Firearm

The state of Illinois requires you to apply for and receive a firearm owner identification (FOID) card before you are legally able to purchase or possess a firearm. If you possess a firearm without also possessing a valid FOID card, you can face up to five years in state prison. To obtain a FOID card, you must also meet certain criteria, including not having been convicted of a felony, not being addicted to narcotics and not having been admitted to a mental facility in the past five years.

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DuPage County weapons charges defense lawyer, weapons charges, weapon possession, possessing a weaponIllegally possessing a weapon is a serious crime that comes with unwanted consequences. Weapons are dangerous and can negatively affect the lives of others. If a weapon is used against a person, he or she may be seriously injured or even killed from injuries inflicted from the use of the weapon.

If you have been charged with illegally possessing a weapon, then you may face life-altering changes that may destroy your well-being, overall quality of life, and even future employment opportunities.

What Counts as a Weapons Charge?

The conviction of illegally possessing a weapon is when a person knowingly sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses, or carries the following:

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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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self defense options, protest, DuPage County criminal defense attorneyParticularly in larger cities, citizens are flexing their right to protest peacefully. Americans join in high numbers to exercise an unalienable right to have their voices heard. Regardless of whether you agree with these protests, the likelihood of finding yourself caught up in one on the way to work is a growing possibility.

Occasionally, these peaceful protests go awry and no longer qualify as peaceful, leaving those in their paths fearful for their personal safety. When caught in a demonstration unexpectedly, how do you utilize your Second Amendment rights for protection without becoming subject to a weapons charge?

Illinois Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon is a felony in Illinois, and is punishable by hefty fines, imprisonment, and a permanent mark on a criminal record. Unless you are on your personal property or place of business, you may incur charges of Aggravated UUW if:

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