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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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Domestic Battery’s Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Domestic Battery

The state of Illinois considers certain crimes to be very serious, which has led to the idea of mandatory minimum sentencing for some crimes. Aggravated domestic battery is a crime for which, if convicted, you face a mandatory minimum sentence.

What does that mean? It means you could spend a longer time in prison or jail, especially if you have any prior domestic battery convictions on your criminal record. Read on to find out what Illinois considers to be domestic [...]

Possessing Child Porn in IL: What Does It Mean?

Child Pornography

The issue of child pornography is something that is of great concern to the general public as well as law enforcement. That’s why the laws surrounding the crime are decisive and strict, and the definition of what constitutes child pornography and its possession is clearly spelled out under the current laws.

What does it mean to possess child pornography in Illinois? What types of penalties are associated with this crime? These are important questions for every citizen, so read on [...]

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