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Overview for Illinois

One of the strictest states in the U.S. Illinois was the last state to implement the right to carry, and does not honor the permits of any other states.

Illinois requires an FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) to purchase and to own any firearm. More information on FOID card is available here. There is a mandatory 72 hour waiting period on handguns and a 24 hour on long guns. Law enforcement officers and firearm dealers are exempt from the waiting period.

Carrying a firearm while wearing a hood or mask is illegal.


Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails
Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to PurchaseYesYes
Open CarryNoNo
Concealed CarryNoYes
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsPartialPartial
Firearm RegistrationNoNo
Owner LicenseYesYes

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Offical Concealed Carry page for Illinois.


Illinois honors the permits of

Illinois does not honor any other state's permits.

Illinois's permits are honored by

No other state honors Illinois permits.


Illinois FAQ


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