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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Illinois, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 21.0%1
2002: 19.7%2
2001: 20.2%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Illinois, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 29.39%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Illinois, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 38.5%5 6
1991/2000: 46.5%
1981/1990: 44.6%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Illinois, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 1,179 7
2013: 1,117
2012: 1,178
2011: 1,114
2010: 1,064
2009: 1,058
2008: 1,105
2007: 1,032
2006: 1,036
2005: 1,019
2004: 994
2003: 1,146
2002: 1,231
2001: 1,289
2000: 1,130
1999: 1,209

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 9.157
2013: 8.67
2012: 9.15
2011: 8.66
2010: 8.29
2009: 8.27
2008: 8.67
2007: 8.13
2006: 8.19
2005: 8.08
2004: 7.90
2003: 9.13
2002: 9.83
2001: 10.32
2000: 9.10
1999: 9.78

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Illinois, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 7927
2012: 832
2011: 812
2010: 783
2009: 881
2008: 872
2007: 863
2006: 865
2005: 866
2004: 871
2003: 966
2002: 1,016
2001: 1,087
2000: 991
1999: 1,023

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.157
2012: 6.47
2011: 6.32
2010: 6.10
2009: 6.88
2008: 6.84
2007: 6.80
2006: 6.84
2005: 6.87
2004: 6.92
2003: 7.69
2002: 8.11
2001: 8.70
2000: 7.98
1999: 8.28

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Illinois, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 5767
2012: 645
2011: 610
2010: 577
2009: 628
2008: 631
2007: 575
2006: 625
2005: 569
2004: 573
2003: 696
2002: 728
2001: 747
2000: 674
1999: 689

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.477
2012: 5.01
2011: 4.74
2010: 4.50
2009: 4.91
2008: 4.95
2007: 4.53
2006: 4.94
2005: 4.51
2004: 4.55
2003: 5.54
2002: 5.81
2001: 5.98
2000: 5.43
1999: 5.57

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 3529 10
2012: 429
2011: 364
2010: 355
2009: 360
2008: 412
2007: 330
2006: 360
2005: 328
2004: 313
2003: 438
2002: 216
2001: 148
2000: 348
1999: 373
1998: 449
1997: 471
1996: 513
1995: 517

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.7312
2012: 3.33
2011: 2.83
2010: 2.76
2009: 2.81
2008: 3.23
2007: 2.60
2006: 2.85
2005: 2.60
2004: 2.49
2003: 3.49
2002: 1.72
2001: 1.19
2000: 2.80
1999: 3.02
1998: 3.66
1997: 3.87
1996: 4.24
1995: 4.31

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 17
2003: 27
2002: 30
2001: 28
2000: 36
1999: 38

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.22
2002: 0.24
2001: 0.22
2000: 0.29
1999: 0.31

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 59 10
2012: 6
2011: 6
2010: 4
2009: 13
2008: 4
2007: 10
2006: 10
2005: 6
2004: 4
2003: 13
2002: 16
2001: 7
2000: 9
1999: 7
1998: 23
1997: 21
1996: 11
1995: 30

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0412
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.08
2006: 0.08
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.07
1999: 0.06
1998: 0.19
1997: 0.17
1996: 0.09
1995: 0.25

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 1013 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 16
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 16
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 17
2006: 16
2005: 20
2004: 12
2003: 17
2002: 31
2001: 24
2000: 15
1999: 11

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.25
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 79 10
2012: 4
2011: 7
2010: 5
2009: 13
2008: 5
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 5
2004: 20
2003: 32
2002: 249
2001: 51
2000: 54
1999: 78
1998: 65
1997: 68
1996: 61
1995: 54

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0512
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.25
2002: 1.99
2001: 0.41
2000: 0.43
1999: 0.63
1998: 0.53
1997: 0.56
1996: 0.50
1995: 0.45

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 56013 10
2012: 634
2011: 587
2010: 562
2009: 605
2008: 617
2007: 550
2006: 602
2005: 540
2004: 544
2003: 652
2002: 667
2001: 695
2000: 623
1999: 640

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Illinois, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.3513 10
2012: 4.92
2011: 4.56
2010: 4.38
2009: 4.73
2008: 4.84
2007: 4.33
2006: 4.76
2005: 4.28
2004: 4.32
2003: 5.19
2002: 5.33
2001: 5.57
2000: 5.02
1999: 5.18

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Illinois, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 1,3217
2012: 1,292
2011: 1,226
2010: 1,178
2009: 1,177
2008: 1,198
2007: 1,108
2006: 1,010
2005: 1,086
2004: 1,028
2003: 1,011
2002: 1,145
2001: 1,139
2000: 1,003
1999: 1,020

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 10.257
2012: 10.04
2011: 9.54
2010: 9.18
2009: 9.20
2008: 9.40
2007: 8.73
2006: 7.99
2005: 8.61
2004: 8.17
2003: 8.05
2002: 9.14
2001: 9.12
2000: 8.08
1999: 8.25

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Illinois, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 4967
2012: 490
2011: 416
2010: 442
2009: 402
2008: 438
2007: 423
2006: 372
2005: 424
2004: 387
2003: 404
2002: 466
2001: 505
2000: 431
1999: 481

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.857
2012: 3.81
2011: 3.59
2010: 3.44
2009: 3.14
2008: 3.44
2007: 3.33
2006: 2.94
2005: 3.36
2004: 3.07
2003: 3.22
2002: 3.72
2001: 4.04
2000: 3.47
1999: 3.89

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Illinois, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 5713
2012: 69
2011: 63
2010: 41
2009: 63
2008: 50
2007: 54
2006: 50
2005: 58
2004: 57
2003: 58
2002: 66
2001: 87
2000: 77
1999: 89

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.4413
2012: 0.54
2011: 0.49
2010: 0.32
2009: 0.49
2008: 0.39
2007: 0.43
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.46
2004: 0.45
2003: 0.46
2002: 0.53
2001: 0.70
2000: 0.62
1999: 0.72

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Illinois, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 5113
2012: 64
2011: 48
2010: 47
2009: 42
2008: 63
2007: 60
2006: 45
2005: 61
2004: 47
2003: 41
2002: 66
2001: 61
2000: 64
1999: 76

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.4013
2012: 0.50
2011: 0.37
2010: 0.37
2009: 0.33
2008: 0.49
2007: 0.47
2006: 0.36
2005: 0.48
2004: 0.37
2003: 0.33
2002: 0.53
2001: 0.49
2000: 0.52
1999: 0.61

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Illinois, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 38813
2012: 357
2011: 350
2010: 354
2009: 297
2008: 325
2007: 309
2006: 277
2005: 305
2004: 283
2003: 305
2002: 334
2001: 357
2000: 290
1999: 316

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.0113
2012: 2.77
2011: 2.72
2010: 2.76
2009: 2.32
2008: 2.55
2007: 2.43
2006: 2.19
2005: 2.42
2004: 2.25
2003: 2.43
2002: 2.67
2001: 2.86
2000: 2.34
1999: 2.56

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Illinois, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 187
2012: 17
2011: 20
2010: 22
2009: 14
2008: 18
2007: 21
2006: 24
2005: 21
2004: 18
2003: 23
2002: 17
2001: 20
2000: 12
1999: 22

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.147
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.16
2010: 0.17
2009: 0.11
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.17
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.17
2004: 0.14
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.14
2001: 0.16
2000: 0.10
1999: 0.18

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Illinois, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Illinois, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Illinois, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 1013
2012: 14
2011: 18
2010: 21
2009: 14
2008: 10
2007: 16
2006: 19
2005: 18
2004: 12
2003: 20
2002: 14
2001: 13
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 12

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.16
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Illinois, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 117
2012: 12
2010: 13
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 6
2006: 11
2005: 4
2004: 11
2003: 15
2002: 14
2001: 8
2000: 9
1999: 12

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.097
2012: 0.09
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.09
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.11
2001: 0.06
2000: 0.07
1999: 0.10

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Illinois, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Illinois, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Illinois, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 1013
2012: 10
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 10
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 12
2002: 11
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Illinois, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Illinois, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 2918
2010: 14
2009: 16
2008: 2019
2007: 18
2006: 13
2005: 10
2004: 13
2003: 26
2002: 9
2001: 1620
2000: 14
1999: 14
1998: 30
1997: 34
1996: 34
1995: 0

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Illinois at a rate of 6.521 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Illinois ranked at No. 4321 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Illinois is categorised as restrictive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Illinois includes the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, Firearm Concealed Carry Act, Criminal Code of 2012 and the Constitution of Illinois 197023

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Illinois are regulated by the local and state governments24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Illinois, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Illinois, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns30, but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Illinois, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Illinois, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted with a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Illinois, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted with a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Illinois, only licensed gun owners (Firearm Owner's Identification card - FOID)35 36 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Illinois is 18 years for handgun possession (no minimum age for shotguns and rifles) and 21 years for purchase37 25 26

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Illinois must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health,36 addiction and domestic violence35 25 26 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Illinois stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Illinois, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Illinois, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every ten years36 25 26

Limit on Number of Guns

Non-prohibited persons in Illinois are permitted to possess any number of firearms36 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Illinois, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Illinois, licensed firearm dealers are required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Illinois, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Illinois, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Illinois is obliged (at gun shows only)44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Illinois is obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Illinois, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Illinois is reported to be

2015: 5,29546
2014: 5,23947
2013: 5,07748
2012: 4,58449
2011: 4,34950

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Illinois, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 1 day (long guns) and 3 days (handguns)51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Illinois, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Illinois do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Illinois do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Illinois include55 39 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Illinois, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law56 57 58 59 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Illinois, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not60 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Illinois, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited61 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Illinois, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Illinois, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 62 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Illinois, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (to those state that meet Illinois requirements)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Illinois, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt63 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Illinois, private guns are prohibited in bars, court houses, any public gathering,64 39 vehicles (loaded, exposed firearms)55 and schools65 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Illinois as ‘B+’66

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Illinois on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 3567
2010: 3568
2009: 2869
2008: 2870
2007: 2871

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Illinois at No. 672 among 50 US States


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