Sounds like a plan. Good for you. Stay safe and enjoy your trip.
This is a discussion on What I've decide to do with travel and Illinois within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Leaving MO for a week before school starts to take the kids to see my brother in FL. This time I've decided not to unload ...
Leaving MO for a week before school starts to take the kids to see my brother in FL. This time I've decided not to unload and lock away my gear, I'm going to go around IL. I'll be traveling on the heavy side of weaponry, as I am former military and my brother is a CW4 in the Coast Guard (2 years till retirement with 25 years of service), and we can't help but to have a big "show & tell" when we gather.
So, after looking at my maps App, I've decided to skip IL. It will only cost me one hour each way, and IL gas prices are always too high and the speed limits too slow anyway.
Take that IL!
10-4, done that many times !
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The IL border is about 60 miles from me & each time I go down to Ft. Benning or Bragg for a reunion I drive around the state. I have an option of taking the car ferry across to Michigan which I might do the next time I head south. I can't see driving through Chi unarmed even on the expressway.
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Hopefully your new route carries you upwind of the stench emanating from Ill centered around Chicago.
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Good for you. I wish there were more people like you so the government of Crook county would start seeing their failures. Ugh...just to think of that stupid pamphlet stuck in my door..."I want psychiatrist review of all gun owners"...makes my blood boil.
Sounds like a reasonable plan, and you have the pleasure of denying Ill of any of your cash, some of which would go to support their left-wing commie constitution hating agenda.
Going through Illinois from Missouri to get to Florida sounds like it would be out of your way to begin with. You'd have to take I-64 to get to I-57 before finally turning south. Unless you crossed at STL and caught Rt. 3 paralleling I-55 on the Illinois side. On I-55, it's nearly a straight shot south.
I wouldn't drive in this state either...and I live here.
I like all kinds of foreign guns.
"Arm yourself because no one else here will save you..."
Illinois does have it's problems when dealing with visitors and their firearms, but that only comes from the stench of Chicago.
My wife is from Springfield, IL and we recently returned from a trip to visit her mom and so I could golf with the step-son's and she could make some arrangements to get her dad's ashes buried.
Not all Illinois citizens are gun-haters, actually the vast majority of people there are gun friendly and would love to see those Draconian laws repealed. At least they are moving in the direction of allowing concealed carry permits for their citizens.
On a laughing note, was on a green and ready to putt. My older stepson who lives in IL made the comment to the other guy golfing with us that, "not to worry, we will be just fine. That both me and his half-brother (my other stepson who lives in Kentucky) probably have our pistols in our pockets and we're safe!"
I told my stepson that we are not armed, we can't because that would be breaking IL law and we don't want to do that. My S&W Bodyguard was back in my suitcase bag. He just laughed and said pointing to our other golfer "He doesn't know that!"
As bad as we hate Illinois gun laws, avoiding it altogether seems a bit harsh, but do what you need.
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I assume you have a MO CCW permit? If so you no longer need to unload and store your weapon when driving through IL. Look at section 40(e) of the new IL Public Act 098-0063. It provides a "safe haven" exception for non-residents.
Just lock it up in your car, out of sight, if you need to step out for anything (per section 65(b).
Added: then again, if you have a whole stash in your car, you may have a tough time locking up everything out of sight. :)
Can't blame you if you still skip IL all together.
As long as you do not leave your vehicle, you do not have to stop and store away.
Now for us residents on the other hand, I still have to stop before entering and unload/stow away when traveling back home. Totally messed up.
You are perfectly legal to travel through Illinois if you have a ccw permit from another state.
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