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
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
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.