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The Right Way for Private Citizens to Sell Firearms in Illinois

Illinois has strict and often confusing laws surrounding the rights of private citizens to sell firearms in the state. If you are interested in selling firearms as a private citizen, it is essential that you fully understand what these rights and limitations are. 

Failure to understand these laws and properly comply with them can otherwise lead to the serious charge of firearms trafficking. 

We’ll discuss exactly what firearms trafficking is and what the penalties are for violating this law. Then [...]

With New Wave of Chicago Shootings, What to Know about Gun Crime Charges

Chicago is notorious for gun violence, and this summer has been no exception. In fact, six people were shot in a single day last week. One of the shootings was fatal.

In the fatal shooting, the victim was in an argument with the perpetrator, who pulled out his handgun and shot the victim in the head. The victim was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Other non-fatal shootings on the same [...]

Bill to Increase Sentences for Weapons, Decrease Them for Drugs

The debate over drug crimes in America still invokes big emotions, and can bring progress to a standstill amongst lawmakers. You may have seen the news reports last month about Illinois lawmakers who failed to move a bill forward due to its attempt to shorten drug sentences.

 

Well, that bill has since been amended, and now it may move forward to the governor’s desk within the next few weeks.

 

What Exactly Does the Bill Propose?

 

SB1722 was originally [...]

What Happens If I Am Caught with a Firearm in Illinois?

Recent shootings throughout the United States have gotten lawmakers and American citizens into heated debates about the right to own firearms and how they can be carried, openly or concealed. You might feel like it is time to buy a gun, or, if you’re a current gun owner, to carry it with you more often. However, if you do not have the proper license or bring a firearm to specific, restricted buildings, you could get charged and face serious consequences.[...]

Illinois Residents Could See Tougher Gun Laws Soon

 

Chicago has found itself at center stage in the gun debate following recent mass shootings. Many claim that Chicago’s strict gun laws show gun control legislation doesn’t work, because Chicago has one of the highest rates of gun murders of any city.

 

But for some, Chicago’s “strict gun laws” aren’t strict enough. Many police have come forward to call for changing the law. According to the Chicago police department, tougher gun laws would have prevented 74 individuals from [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]

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