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Open Carry is prohibited.

Illinois has no Stand Your Ground in public or codification of Castle Doctrine.

May have local ordinances that prevent acquisition or ownership of high capacity magazines and other "assault weapon" features, e.g. Chicago.

Machine gun ownership is prohibited.

Shares no reciprocity with any other state.

Illinois has many places where you are not permitted to carry. Among them are:

  • Any building, real property, parking area under the control of a public or private school, pre-school, or child care facility,
  • Any building, parking area, or portion of a building under the control of an officer of the executive or legislative branch of government, except where permitted by the Department of Natural Resources (hunting).
  • Any court building
  • Any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government
  • Any building, real property, and parking area of a detention or correctional institution, prison, or jail
  • Any building, real property, and parking area of any hospital, hospital affiliate, mental health facility, or nursing home
  • Any public transportation, or building, or parking area associated with same
  • Any building, real property, and parking area of an establishment if more than 50% of gross receipts is from the sale of alcohol
  • Any public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public that requires the issuance of a permit from a local government, or where alcohol is served
  • Any public playground
  • Any public park, athletic area, or athletic facility under the control of a municipality
  • Cook County Forest Preserve District property
  • College, Community College, or Universities unless authorized to do so
  • Gaming facility, including off track betting facilities
  • Stadiums
  • Public Library properties
  • Airport properties
  • Amusement Parks, zoo, museum
  • Nuclear facilities


Illinois, especially Chicago, ranks as one of the more restrictive and anti-gun states in the United States. Rights for gun owners are not ideal in Illinois. Draconian laws, massive government interference and the anti-gun lobby have done much to infringe upon the natural right of self-defense for every human being living in the Prairie State.

Violence is also rampant in Illinois. Chicago, which until recently had an all out ban on private firearm ownership, is one of the most dangerous places to live. Because of Illinois' stance on guns, it's vehement disregard for firearms and egregious violations of the 2nd Amendment, it gets the lowest of the low rankings with our G.U.A.R.D. score - an embarassing 1 (one). If you are an avid or passionate gun owner, avoid Illinois at all costs!

Attributes Legality Source
Suppressors Allowed Unclear
Flash Suppressor Allowed Unclear
Collapsible stock Allowed Unclear
License required for ownership Yes
  1. Traveler's Guide to the Firearms Laws of the 50 States - Guidebook
License required for open carry Unclear
License required for concealed carry Unclear
Mandatory firearm registration Unclear
Chamber safety indicator required Unclear
Assault Weapon law Unclear
Castle Doctrine Unclear
No Issue Unclear
May Issue Unclear
Shall Issue Yes with stipulations
  2. Illinois became the last state to enact concealed carry into law. Despite this, there are still many restrictions in place that make legal carry very difficult.
Storage Requirements Unclear
Minimum age to own Yes
  1. Traveler's Guide to Firearm's Laws of the 50 States


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