Below is a summary of Illinois gun laws. One of the strictest in the nation. Some say rendering it mostly gun free. What is going to have to happen to see a decline in the murders (and other crimes) we see and hear about so often. Our government says get rid of the guns. Chicago did and look what happened. 500 homicides just in one city in one year. 508 in 2008. The only thing thats going to help is sending out some God fearing, Holy Ghost filled soulwinners that do more than talk about it but will commit their life to reaching the lost. Hope and Change won't come with a president but with the Word of God. Guns are not and have never been the problem. Gun laws won't fix the problem. Obviously it makes it worse. The Christian is the Salt of the Earth and when we lose our savor (our power and our influence) the world suffers. We can blame it on the guns, criminals, a liberal president, a reckless government and on and on but it seems to me the Church has failed to do it's job. I know there are many Churches out there doing all they can do but there are many more who are not. I do hope and pray that our Church will never be the kind of Church that loses it's savor.
Gun laws in Illinois regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the state of Illinois in the United States.Illinois does not issue licenses for the concealed carry of firearms, nor does it recognize licenses issued by other states. Illinois is the only state that does not allow concealed carry in some form. Open carry is also prohibited in most areas. When a firearm is being transported, it must be unloaded and enclosed in a case. On December 11, 2012, these blanket restrictions were struck down as unconstitutional by a federal appeals court, which gave the state 180 days to change its laws or appeal the decision.
To legally possess firearms or ammunition, Illinois residents must have a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, issued by the state police. Non-residents who may legally possess firearms in their home state are exempt from this requirement. There is a waiting period to take possession after purchasing a firearm — 72 hours for a handgun, or 24 hours for a rifle or shotgun. Private sales are allowed, and are subject to these same requirements. Possession of automatic firearms, short-barreled shotguns, or short-barreled rifles is prohibited.Illinois does not have state preemption for gun laws, and some local governments have enacted ordinances that are more restrictive than those of the state.