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Chicago Concealed Carry Permit Requirements

This article shall inform the reader of the Chicago Concealed Carry Permit Requirements.  The Chicago requirements are the same for all of Illinois. However, we will also discuss magazine capacity in Chicago as well.  This article contains the information you need to know before applying for your concealed carry permit, and how to stay legal once you begin carrying in Chicago.

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The permit requirements are different for Illinois residents and non-residents. Take a moment to understand what the eligibility requirements are.

ILLINOIS RESIDENTS

  • Applicant must complete a 16 hour training class by an Illinois certified Concealed Carry instructor.
  • Applicant must be at least 21 years old.
  • Applicant must either have a or be eligible for a Firearm Owner’s Identification card.
  • Applicant must have not been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant does not have 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant must am not subject to a pending arrest warrant, prosecution or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm.
  • Applicant must have not been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant may may meet the Chicago Concealed Carry Permit Requirements if you satisfy the above and no objections are filed by law enforcement.  (Read more on this later)
  • Applicant has to apply online at www.ispfsb.com and pay a $150 fee.

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NON-RESIDENTS

  • Applicant must be at least 21 years old.
  • Applicant must not have been convicted of any Felony.
  • Applicant must not have been adjudicated as a mental defective by a court of law.
  • Applicant must not have been involuntarily committed to a facility for the purpose of mental health treatment.
  • Applicant must not have been admitted as a voluntary patient in a facility for the purpose of mental health treatment within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant must not have been addicted to narcotics.
  • Applicant must intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled.
  • Applicant must not subject to any active Order of Protection.
  • Applicant must not within the past 5 years been convicted of battery, assault, aggravated assault, violation of an order of protection, or a substantially similar offense in which a firearm was used or possessed.
  • Applicant must not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic battery or substantially similar offense.
  • Applicant must not have been adjudicated a delinquent minor for the commission of an offense that if committed by an adult would be a felony.
  • Applicant must not have been convicted or found guilty of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence to any person within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant must not have 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, intoxicating compounds within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant must not subject to a pending arrest warrant, prosecution or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm.
  • Applicant must not have been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years.
  • Applicant may meet the Chicago Concealed Carry Permit Requirements if you satisfy the above and no objections are filed by law enforcement.
  • Applicant has to apply online at www.ispfsb.com and pay a $300 fee.

 

 

 

How to Stay Legal with your Chicago Concealed Carry Permit Requirements…

After you have been issued a concealed carry license, it can be suspended or revoked. It should go without saying that all of the above requirements must continue or you risk suspension of your license. However, there are other requirements you might not have thought of to keep on carrying concealed in Chicago. For example…

  • You must renew your Firearm Owner Identification Card. If your FOID lapses, your concealed carry license shall be revoked.
  • You must renew your Concealed Carry permit every 5 years. To do this you will need to take a 3-hour renewal course.
  • If you move outside of Illinois your concealed carry permit will be revoked, and you will no longer be able to carry in Chicago.
  • You must carry your Illinois concealed carry license any time you are carrying a firearm in Chicago.
  • You can not carry a concealed firearm in the Cook County Forest Preserves. The Cook County forest preserves are currently listed as a gun-free zone, however, this restriction doesn’t apply to the forests in neighboring counties.
  • Chicago does have magazine restrictions. These restrictions should only apply to long guns because of preemption in Illinois state law. However, from time to time, the Chicago police have been known to confiscate magazines.

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What is the objection by law enforcement previously mentioned in this article?  The Chicago Police Department of any other police department may object to your application if they feel you may be a danger to yourself or to others. The police may also object based on your previous arrest history.  If the Chicago police department or any other police department objects to your concealed carry application, your application will be sent to the Concealed Carry License Review Board.

 

 

Chicago Concealed Carry Permit Requirements

Chicago Concealed Carry Permit Requirements

About the Author

Thomas Kral is the chief firearm instructor for Alpha Koncepts Firearm Training and has been instructing students on the safe and efficient use of a firearm since 2013. Thomas has numerous firearm industry certifications including instructor credentials from the United States Concealed Carry Association, the National Rifle Association, Next Level Defense, Ultimate Training Munitions, and The American Gunsmithing Institute.

Thomas Kral is also the founder of a gun rights organization, GunRights4Illinois. Founded in 2014, GunRights4Illinois is blossoming into a no-compromise gun rights organization enabling Illinois gun owners to fight for their rights.

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