Are Chicago Gun Laws Strict?

No doubt you have heard a lot about how strict the gun laws in Chicago are, but are these claims true? According to the Center for American Progress, from 2008 through 2017, gun violence caused 12,068 deaths in the state of Illinois. There were 164 mass shooting events that took place in the state from 2014 through 2018. These events resulted in over 100 deaths and near 670 injuries. Chicago is known for its high rate of violence and step penalties for firearm offenses. If you are charged with possessing unlawful guns, you will be looking at some severe penalties.

If you were arrested in connection with a gun-related crime, you may be wondering what criminal penalties you will face and how severe they will be. Successfully fighting your charges is critical to the preservation of your legal rights. Attorney Thomas C. Hallock is a Chicago criminal defense attorney. When you work with Thomas C. Hallock, you will get skillful and aggressive legal representation.

What are the Penalties for Violating Chicago Gun Laws?

To legally own a gun in the city of Chicago, you must:

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Have a firearm owner’s identification card (FOID)
  • Have a concealed carry license if you intend to leave your house with your gun

If you use your weapon unlawfully, you will be looking at a serious Class 4 felony. A class 4 felony means you may be sentenced up to three years in prison. Simply transporting your gun from place to place can get you arrested, even if you have your FOID. Any time you hit the road, you can encounter a law enforcement officer whether it be because you were in a car accident or because you are being pulled over for a traffic violation. When this happens, if a gun is found in your vehicle and you do not have a FOID card or if you are not transporting your gun in accordance with the law, you are in trouble.

Unlawful use of a gun in Chicago is a very serious crime. It does not matter that you have no prior criminal record or if you are highly respected in the community. Even if you do not mean any harm with your gun, if you are found to be in possession of a gun without your FOID card or if you are not transporting it properly, that is enough to result in criminal charges.

Facing a felony charge could alter your life. Convicted felons can lose their jobs, be unable to find gainful employment, may lose beloved personal relationships, and be impacted financially. Furthermore, your right to own a gun will be taken away from you forever. Those who are from out-of-state and are caught unlawfully possessing a gun can be arrested. Visitors are not immune from punishment under the state’s gun control laws.

Talk to a Talented Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney

Simply because you are arrested for a gun-related offense does not mean your legal rights are immediately eliminated. It is best to speak with a resourceful Illinois criminal defense attorney. Call Thomas C. Hallock to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation at (312) 487-2441 for local residents or toll-free at (888) 412-3741.

HELPFUL TIPS FROM ME TO YOU

HOW TO PROPERLY EXERCISE YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

What You Should Do

  • Be respectful at all times.
  • Calmly record the interaction.
  • Ask if you are free to leave. If you do not ask, the officer may think—and the judge may agree—that the interaction was consensual.
  • If you are free to leave, go! If you are not free to leave, respectfully but firmly ask to speak with your lawyer.

What You Should Not Do

  • Do not physically resist arrest.
  • Do not become aggressive or confrontational.
  • Do not consent to a search. The Constitution does not apply if you consent.
  • Do not answer questions without first speaking with your attorney. Police are allowed to hold you for 48 hours and they may lie to you the entire time.

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