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Illinois Gun Laws and Travel Guide

    Don't stop in Illinois with firearms. If you are traveling from state to state and carrying, you need to know the situation in each state you are entering or you could get into trouble. For certain states or if you have any doubt at all, keeping moving through the state (reference the McClure-Volkmer Act to only stop for gas and emergencies) towards your final destination state. Your destination state must have acceptable laws for your stay. We make some generalities with our color map here for ease of use so you should always look up the current details of the laws. Handgun laws are where it usually varies the most. This is a controversial issue but which ever side you are on, it is better to have informed people out there. You can also download an easy to print new 2013 version with all states and details.

    AllStays Gun Law Map

    Illinois Gun Law Travel Guide Basics

    Friendly Law Icon Ownership: restricted, special FOID card needed (Firearms Owner ID Act)

    Friendly Law Icon Consistency of laws: local laws, about three dozen of them

    Friendly Law Icon Self-defense: NO castle doctrine

    Friendly Law Icon Open carry: prohibited

    Friendly Law Icon Concealed carry: prohibited

    Friendly Law Icon Vehicle carry handguns: handguns banned in the city, nonresidents passing through fall under “Not immediately accessible” or unloaded and cased in trunk or outside storage

    Friendly Law Icon Vehicle carry long guns: as above, unloaded and cased in trunk or outside storage

    Official source information
    Firearm Owner ID Act
    Illinois Statutes
    Illinois Legislature
    Illinois State Rifle Association
    Illinois Carry
    Champaign County Rifle Association
    Illinois Pro Second Amendment Resolution
    Illinois State Home Page


  • Adam | Jan 5, 2009 | Category: Security


Additional Note

    We work full time here but everything is subject to change in the wild. Especially in the new economy of frequent closures. We do apologize but we're not responsible for inaccurate information or any problems it may cause. Always use your best judgement in planning camping related trips. We're always stumbling upon good camps, bad camps, closed camps, flooded camps and so on. Always call ahead.

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