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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Firearms

FOID card procedures revised April 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 168 The Department of State Police (the "Department") amended its Firearm Owners Identification ("FOID") card policies, making changes to the application procedure, expiration of the FOID card, sponsorship of a minor, the return of FOID cards, the process of appealing application denials, and reporting requirements for "clear and present danger." 20 Ill. Adm. Code 1230 (eff. Dec. 31, 2013).
New electronic fingerprint requirements for certain concealed carry applicants February 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 Under the recent concealed carry law, law enforcement agencies are able to submit objections to license applications based upon a reasonable suspicion that an applicant is a danger to himself or the public safety. 430 ILCS 66/15.
New wild turkey hunting regulations February 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 The Department of Natural Resources passed amendments to the turkey hunting regulations for gun and archery season. 17 Ill. Adm. Code 715, 720 (eff. Nov. 14, 2013).
Federal law impliedly allows Illinois courts to remove federal bans on firearm possession resulting from state convictions December 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 612 On September 12, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court held that Illinois courts can remove federally imposed firearm bans for persons with state convictions by following the procedures in the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card Act ("FOID Card Act"), 430 ILCS 65/10(c).
The New Illinois Concealed Carry Law By Caitlyn G. McEvoy December 2013 Article, Page 620 Key provisions of concealed carry take effect next month. Here's a practical guide to the new law.
Defense attorneys challenge gun-possession convictions after high court ruling By Adam W. Lasker November 2013 Lawpulse, Page 554 In Aguilar, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a law prohibiting gun possession outside the home. Criminal-defense attorneys are seeking to undo convictions based on the statute.
Employers and Concealed Carry; Mortgage Scams October 2013 Column, Page 535 It's time for employers to start designing workplace rules to accommodate concealed carry.
Concealed carry now law in Illinois. PA 098-0063 September 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 By enactment of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, the state of Illinois may now issue licenses to carry concealed firearms to individuals 21 years of age and older who meet certain minimum qualifications and application requirements.
Despite 7CA ruling, Illinois judges not dismissing concealed-carry cases By Adam W. Lasker March 2013 Lawpulse, Page 118 According to a lawyer monitoring such cases, local judges are unlikely to stop enforcing the ban until this summer, the state's deadline for enacting a law that passes Second Amendment muster.
Changes to Firearm Owners Identification Card procedures for certain individuals. PA 097-1131 February 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 A number of Acts related to the Firearm Owners Identification Card ("FOID card") have been changed to add new procedures and restrictions for individuals holding such cards and law enforcement agencies responsible for administering them.
Illinois residents may purchase ammunition in Illinois through the mail. PA 097-1135 February 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Hospital Licensing Act's required minimum procedures regarding "clinical privilege determinations" for hospitals' current medical staff members. 210 ILCS 85/10.4.
Registration of vehicles used in gunrunning may be suspended. PA 097-0540. November 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 556 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to address the registration status of vehicles used in gunrunning violations (625 ILCS 5/3-704).
Illinois General Assembly penalizes carrying of firearms and ammunition by street gang members. PA 096-0829 August 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 400 The Illinois General Assembly amended the criminal code regarding aggravated unlawful use of a weapon to include specific penalties for the unlawful possession of a fi rearm by a street gang member.
New felony for using a stolen firearm to commit a crime. PA 096-0190 February 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 72 Criminals who commit crimes with stolen guns now can be charged with a new Class 2 felony - use of a stolen firearm in the commission of an offense.
Aggravated battery with a firearm law now protects students; Unlawful use of weapons law extends protection to public transportation facilities. Public Act 096-0041 January 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 State lawmakers amended the charge for aggravated battery with a firearm to include protection for students.
Firearm owner’s Id revoked for subjects of order of protection. PA 096-0701 December 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 604 Individuals with orders of protection issued against them soon will have their Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) Card revoked, requiring them to surrender their guns to a local law enforcement agency for safekeeping.
Correspondence from Our Readers October 2008 Column, Page 490 The Second and Fourteenth Amendments
District of Columbia v Heller: The Death Knell For Illinois Handgun Bans? By Christopher Keleher August 2008 Article, Page 402 The U.S. Supreme Court's robust reading of the right to keep and bear arms places handgun-banning ordinances in peril.
State police amend procedures under Firearm Owner’s Identification Card Act September 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 436 The Department of Illinois State Police has adopted amendments that affect the issuance of firearm owner's identification cards and clarify the definition of an "antique firearm."
New exemptions from Firearm Owners Identification Card Act ; P.A. 92-0839 (approved 8-22-02, effective immediately); P.A. 92-0854 May 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 Recent legislation created additional classes of persons exempt from the requirement that a person who owns or possesses a firearm in Illinois must have a Firearm Owner's Identification Card.
Plaintiff’s complaint against firearm manufacturers, distributors and dealers for creation and maintenance of public nuisance states viable cause of action February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 On November 4, 2002, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, reversed and remanded the order of the circuit court of Cook County dismissing the plaintiff's second amended complaint for failure to state a cause of action.
Law prohibits cell phone look-alike firearms: guns that resemble cellular telephones P. A. 92-0155 August 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 402 On July 25, 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 0037, which amends the Criminal Code of 1961 to prohibit the manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, possession, or carrying of a firearm that is in the shape or design of a wireless telephone.
Decedent’s survivors can sue gun manufacturers and distributors for public nuisance provided that decedent’s death is “fairly traceable” to the defendants’ conduct March 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 120 On December 31, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, concluded that the complaint instituted by survivors of decedents killed by guns manufactured or distributed by the defendants stated a cause of action for public nuisance.
Convicted felons would have to give up weapons and FOID cards under proposed legislation; S.B. 1065 July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 The General Assembly approved a new gun control measure that would require convicted felons to surrender their guns and Firearm Ownership Identification Cards before going to prison.
The Illinois law prohibiting the unauthorized possession of weapons on public property is not unconstitutionally vague, nor does it violate separation of powers principles April 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 170 On February 16, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court's finding that § 21-6 of the Criminal Code of 1961, 720 ILCS 5/21-6, was unconstitutional.
Gunrunning that involves minors is a Class X felony; PA 91-13 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 "Gunrunning'' constitutes the "violation of any of the paragraphs of section 24-3'' of the Illinois Criminal Code, 720 ILCS 5 et seq, when three or more firearms are transferred.
Illinois responds to recent school shootings with preventative and punitive legislation August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 In response to high school shootings in Arkansas, Colorado, and other states, the General Assembly enacted several bills into law that attempt to deter and more harshly penalize school shooting offenders.
Penalties enhanced for unlawful discharge or sale of firearms near schools; PA 91-12 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 According to 720 ILCS 5/24-1.2, "aggravated discharge of a firearm'' is, inter alia, firing a gun at a person, or into a building or vehicle when the shooter knows it is occupied.
Providing certain minors with access to firearms is a misdemeanor; PA 91-18 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 PA 91-18 will penalize a person who knowingly leaves a firearm where a minor under 14 years of age can access it if the minor later causes death or serious bodily harm with it.
School officials must report armed persons on school grounds; PA 91-11 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 According to PA 91-11, a school official must notify the school principal if he/she observes a "person in possession of a firearm on school grounds.''