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Applying for and Obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit

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In 2013, the Illinois legislature voted to override then Gov. Quinn’s amendatory veto and approved the state’s first Concealed Carry Act. The Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act allows duly licensed and thoroughly vetted individuals to carry concealed handguns (both loaded or unloaded).

The concealed carry policy includes a stringent list of criteria and thorough application process to ensure concealed carry permits are issued to responsible and law-abiding gun owners.

Am I Eligible to Apply for a Concealed Carry Permit?

Illinois residents must meet a list of established criteria even before initiating the application process. Eligibility rules for residents of Illinois are:

• Must be at least 21 years old
• Have a valid Illinois Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID)
• Not convicted or found guilty within the past 5 years of a misdemeanor involving the threat of physical force or violence against another person.
• Fewer than two violations within the past 5 years involving driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or intoxicants.
• No residential or court-ordered treatment for alcohol, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the past 5 years.
• Not subject to pending arrest or prosecution for an offense or violation of the preceding criteria that would lead to disqualification of owning or possessing a firearm.

However, even if you meet all the provisions listed above, law enforcement officials may still file an objection against your application. A knowledgeable Will County guns and weapons attorney would be helpful when attempting to overcome that objection.

The Application Process

An individual who meets the eligibility requirements for a concealed carry permit may then begin the application process. When applying, the applicant must provide the following:

• 16 hours of Concealed Carry firearms training provided by an ISP approved Instructor.
• Electronic Copy of training certificate(s) uploaded during the application process.
• An Illinois State Police User ID and password.
• A Valid Driver’s License or State Identification card.
• A valid FOID card unless in the process of getting a valid FOID card.
• A head and shoulder electronic photograph was taken within the last 30 days.
• Proof of previous last ten years of residency.
• A set of fingerprints.
• $150.00 payable with a credit card or electronic check.

Rely on a Will County Guns and Weapons Defense Lawyer for the Help You Need

Purchase and ownership of a firearm is an important right that one must take care to protect by following set procedures and laws. Count on a knowledgeable Illinois Guns and Weapons attorney to help explain the state’s concealed carry application process, or guide you through an appeal. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba provides in-depth information to ensure you understand your gun rights. Call 815-740-4025 to schedule a consultation.

Legalization of Switchblades in Illinois Awaits Governor’s Signature

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The long-standing ban on spring-assisted or switchblade knives could soon come to an end should a new bill recently passed by the Illinois state legislature be signed by Governor Bruce Rauner. Currently, in Illinois, any person who knowingly makes, sells, possesses, or uses a switchblade knife is subject to a charge of unlawful use of weapons.

The ban on switchblades was enacted more than 40 years ago. While the use of a one-handed knife can be convenient for some laborers, the item was categorized alongside weapons such as brass knuckles, throwing stars, and a ballistic knife. Even the mere possession of these items is considered a violation of the law.

Potential Outcomes of the New Law

A change in state statute that would result in the legalization of switchblade knives was initiated when one Illinois legislator met with a constituent who wanted to manufacture a new style of spring-assisted knives but could not do so in Illinois because of the existing statute. The new law sent to the Governor provides for the following:

• The ban on manufacturing, owning, possessing or using a switchblade or spring-assisted knife would end.
• To own or possess a switchblade knife, one must first apply for and receive a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) from the state.
• The use of a switchblade in a crime or possession of a switchblade in areas or buildings that prohibit switchblades can still lead to an arrest.

A variety of benefits to lifting the ban on single-hand operated knives in Illinois include, but are not limited to:

• Cutting seatbelts or restrictive clothing quickly and efficiently by first responders in emergency situations.
• Job creation through new manufacturing opportunities of spring-assisted knives.
• Opportunity for efficiencies among storage, packing, and shipping operations a well as other industries in which employees use a knife to expedite their duties.

At the present time, the law still prohibits possession and use of switchblade knives, and law enforcement officials may continue enforcing the ban until the governor signs the new bill. It would be best to refrain from owning, possessing, or using a switchblade to avoid facing charges of unlawful use of a weapon.

Seek the Counsel of an Experienced Joliet Weapons Attorney

When faced with criminal charges, make finding knowledgeable and experienced representation your first priority. Rely on a Will County weapons violation lawyer who knows the laws and will prepare your case with meticulous care. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba uses a wealth of experience to ready a defense aimed at protecting your rights.

DUI Suspension in Illinois? Are You Eligible for the MDDP?

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Over the last few months, several posts on this blog have talked about different ways in which you could have your driving privileges suspended in the state of Illinois—most of them related to driving under the influence (DUI) . Make no mistake about it; a license suspension is always a serious matter. But, did you know that you could possibly be permitted to drive even if your license has been suspended? Not every driver will qualify, but if you are eligible, the state’s Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) program could get you back on the road sooner than you may have thought possible.

Why the Program Exists

Prior to 2009, a person whose license had been suspended as the result of his or her first DUI conviction or a failed blood-alcohol content (BAC) test could apply for a judicial driving permit. He or she needed to prove that the suspension imposed an undue hardship on his or her life, and approval was left to the discretion of officials from the office of the Secretary of State.

In 2009, however, the Illinois legislature recognized that the goal regarding for first-time offenders should be to prevent future occurrences of DUI. As a result, lawmakers created the MDDP to allow suspended drivers to drive with a breath-alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) installed on their vehicles. The law specified that if a driver met all of the statutory criteria, no discretion was necessary. He or she would be approved for the program. The MDDP program has been expanded since it began, but it still operates in much the same way today.


Most first-time offenders—for a DUI conviction or a failed or refused BAC test—are automatically enrolled in the MDDP program when their suspension is processed by the Secretary of State’s office. Only certain drivers are not eligible, including those:

• Under the age of 18;
• Previously convicted of aggravated DUI involving death or reckless homicide;
• Whose driving privileges are otherwise invalid; and
• Those whose DUI arrest involved death or great bodily harm.

Program participants must agree to install the BAIID on their vehicles and are responsible for all associated costs. Employment-based waivers may also be granted for drivers whose jobs require them to drive employer-owned vehicles without a BAIID during work hours. It is also important to note that the holder of a commercial driver’s license may be eligible to receive an MDDP, but only for use in a non-commercial vehicle.

If you choose not to participate in the MDDP program, you are not permitted to drive at all during your suspension. Penalties for driving with a suspended license include a minimum of 30 days in jail or 300 hours of community service and could result in imprisonment for up to three years.

Get Help Today

To learn more about driving relief programs in Illinois, contact an experienced Joliet criminal defense attorney . We will help you explore your options and find the solution that works best for your situation. Schedule your free initial consultation today.


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