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Chicago Weapons Charges

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The right to keep and bear arms is specifically address in the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment clearly protects American citizens in their constitutional rights to bear arms. However, the centuries old law is one of frequent debate since Chicago and the entire state of Illinois vigorously work to maintain a strict enforcement on weapons use and ownership.

FOID and Firearm Regulations

What You Need to Know About Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) Cards:

  • The card must be retained by any resident of Illinois who wishes to purchase and/or possess a firearm or ammunition.
  • FOID cards are generally administered to anyone interested in obtaining one, excluding individuals who have been convicted of a felony or act of violence such as assault and battery.
  • The Chicago municipality also specifically requires its residents to register any firearms with their local police department.

Due to the strict regulation of all stipulations included in Chicago and Illinois laws referring to weapons use, it can be difficult to truly feel confident in your usage of any firearms in the state. What someone else might believe to be innocent fun or recreational sport could be interpreted entirely differently by a state law enforcement officer. In order to protect yourself against any allegations that have been made in regards to your weapons use, a skilled lawyer from the firm is available to help.

Contact us today at (888) 473-4058 for a free consultation.


Understanding Weapons Laws in Illinois

Illinois is the only state that does not operate under a specific provision regarding the carry of concealed firearms. Furthermore, open carry is illegal at the state level but it differs in various unincorporated areas throughout Illinois. In some counties, open carry is not prohibited. While this is a good thing for weapons owners, it still provokes somewhat of a risk because it can be difficult to keep track of what county allows open carry and what county does not. Individuals who may believe they are abiding by the law could quickly find themselves in need of legal criminal defense for the unlawful concealment or open carry of a firearm.


The complexity of Illinois weapons laws, particularly as they relate to municipalities such as Chicago make it extremely difficult to safely operate a firearm. Unlike theft crimes or white collar crimes, which follow a somewhat more cohesive set of governances, firearms regulations can be confusingly complex and tricky to navigate. Therefore, The Toney Law Firm, LLC has remained extremely up to date on all laws pertaining to weapons possession and use as they pertain to the state of Illinois.


There is no room for ambiguity or error when it comes to defending an individual who has been slammed with a weapons allegation. The firm is ready to aggressively pursue legal justice on your behalf to ensure that the complex nature of the laws that got you into this bind do not end you up in further legal trouble.

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