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Category: Weapons Charges

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 [...]

Illinois Gun Control Laws: An Overview

Illinois gun control laws try to balance public safety and personal freedoms. In this post, we’ll detail what the Illinois gun control laws allow and limit, and what to do if you are facing weapons charges in Illinois.

 

What Illinois Gun Control Laws Regulate

 

To legally purchase or possess a firearm in Illinois, you must be at least 18 years old for a concealed weapon permit or at least 21 years old if convicted of a misdemeanor other [...]

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 [...]

Are Chicago’s Gun Crime Penalties about to Get Even Tougher?

 

As Americans across the country were celebrating the start of summer Memorial Day weekend, violent shootings erupted in Baltimore, New York, and Chicago.

 

While New York witnessed 16 shootings and Baltimore reported 32 separate gun violence incidents, “the most shocking Memorial Day gun violence was recorded in Chicago,” according to reporters from America Magazine. This past Memorial Day weekend was the worst for gun violence in Chicago in over 10 years, with 12 killed and 44 wounded, including [...]

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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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