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Unlike many states, Illinois does not have a "Conceal Carry" law. In other words, without special authorization or law enforcement status, a person cannot carry a firearm on his person or have it in his car unless it is cased or broken down, and inaccessible. See 720 ILCS 5/24-1. The tough gun laws in Illinois create situations in which law abiding citizens who only wish to protect themselves are prosecuted for felony gun law violations.
This truth is compounded by the fact that Chicago police are rewarded for confiscating firearms. Clients of Steven R. Hunter often tell him that the police offer not to arrest them if they can lead the police to a firearm. Others have indicated that guns which were lawfully cased and inaccessible in the trunk were seized and then the police claimed the guns were loaded, accessible and on the seat of the car. Never volunteer to the police that you have a gun, even if it is legal. Police often ask motorists and other citizens if they have a gun, but you have no obligation to answer that question.
It is legal to have a firearm in on your own land, place of business, or home, but you must obtain a Firearm Owner's Identification Card from the State. In Chicago, you must also register the weapon with the City. Recent developments in gun law cases, such as District of Columbia v. Heller, McDonald v. Chicago, and NRA v. Chicago have not changed this fact to date, though the Supreme Court is expected to issue ruling by the summer of 2010 that may effect the validity of Chicago's registration requirement.
In addition to firearms offenses, there are a wide variety of statutes that cover other weapons, such as dirks, billy clubs, switch blade knives, etc. Not every knife or weapon is illegal to possess, but it has been the experience of attorney Steven R. Hunter that if the police find a knife or other weapon on a person they are arresting for some other reason, they will often file a weapons offense.
Handling weapons violations cases throughout Illinois, with a strong focus on Northern Illinois and Chicago, criminal defense lawyers for our firm handle many different types of weapons cases, including but not limited to the following:
There are many methods that our Chicago criminal defense lawyers use to win weapons violation cases. The approach to each weapons violation arrest will depend on the specifics of the case. However, here are a few common defenses used for weapons violation cases.
These cases are examples of the work we have done in defending those who have been accused of weapons violations. Please be aware that every case is unique and every client has special circumstances. It is unethical for an attorney to guarantee any particular outcome.