This is a discussion on Georgia ccw traveling to illinois within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; To the OP....your post was intended as a joke. Right? You actually believe you can OC in the Peoples Republic of Illinois? If so, you ...
To the OP....your post was intended as a joke. Right?
You actually believe you can OC in the Peoples Republic of Illinois? If so, you have a nice jail cell awaiting you.
My wife is from IL and when we go there, my firearm has to be unloaded and out of sight for the duration of the visit there. Not a gun friendly state, at all. Rivals New Jersey in restriction.
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I've lived in Illinois all my life. You can place the firearm in a case, designed for that purpose, with the loaded clip or loose shells as stated previously so long as the weapon is not loaded and the loaded clip is not inserted in it. You can carry a firearm uncased in a vehicle if it's disassembled. Having said that let me say this. The state police in this state do not like to find a gun legally cased with a loaded clip or enough rounds to load it within that case. They also do not like to find that legally cased firearm within your easy reach. It will, most of the time, subject you to a bunch of questions and some heightened scrutiny that ain't gonna make for a happy trip. It's about 95 here today with enough humidity to wet a washcloth in a light breeze. How long would you like to stand on the side of an interstate while the state police here decide they like you again? Do not carry any firearm within any city or, even if in an extremely rural area and actively hunting, within 100 yards of a public right of way unless it is unloaded and cased. Even your bow is required to be rendered incapable of launching an arrow via lock, tie wrap, etc if not cased within that 100 yards. In short, just before the Illinois line put your gun(s) in a case and out of your reach and put the ammunition in a separate compartment [not the glove compartment or console] and don't go anywhere you might need it.
Last edited by llongshot; June 19th, 2009 at 06:59 PM.
don't keep it in sight, or reach, or loaded...it's crazy here
Wile traveling, guns must be unloaded and locked an a secure case. Ammunition must be also secured separately from the weapon in a locked secure case.
The weapons are to be transported in a separate compartment from the driver. This usually means the trunk of a car. Legal issues can happen in cases where one is driving an SUV or a Van where there is no trunk.
If you are pulled over by a state trooper, I suggest you do the following:
1. Do not exit the vehicle.
2. Cross your hands over the top of the steering wheel so they can clearly be seen by the LEO and his camera.
3. When the trooper or LEO addresses you explain that you are peacefully transporting firearms and ammunition in locked cases and in a separate compartment from your passenger compartment.
4. Ask to show the LEO your carry permit as well as any other information he will ask for including drivers license, registration and and a current auto insurance certificate.
5. If the LEO asks to inspect your vehicle, It would probably be in your best interest to allow a search so you can be on your way.
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Illinois will confiscate your weapon and it's next to impossible to get it back. The state is run by Mayor Daley and the Chicago crowd. Grew up in Southern Illinois. I can physically feel the oppression come over me as I cross into state to travel home to visit family.
I carry a .45 because they don't make a .46
My understanding is that open carry is not illegal in unincorporated areas of Illinois; the state has no law against it. If you're in a city (or other incorporated area), you have to know the laws there. It's a patchwork arrangement. Most Illinois police are not used to seeing anybody open carry, so expect to be hasseled / arressted if you try it. Concealed carry is definitely illegal statewide.
I was born in Illinois and am ashamed of what it has become. I made a trip back several months ago and carried in Texas, OK, and MO. I had to unload and store before going into Ill. What a bunch of $##@#.