Transporting Firearms in Illinois

The laws governing the legal use, storage and carrying of firearms are constantly changing. Below are the applicable laws in the State of Illinois as of 2/20/2013. The below information is designed to be a guide and not the final word. If you have specific questions, please refer to the State of Illinois legislation at ilga.gov. Another good resource is the Illinois State Police and can be found at isp.state.il.us.

Transport
Three statutory codes regulate the possession, transfer, and transportation of fi rearms - the Criminal Code, the Wildlife Code, and the Firearm Owner’s Identifi cation Act. In order to comply with those statutes when transporting a firearm, it must be:
1.  broken down in a non-functioning state; or
2.  not immediately accessible; or
3.  unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner’s Identifi cation Card.

Non-Resident Transport
Non-residents must be legally eligible to possess or acquire fi rearms and ammunition. Non residents are not required to have an Illinois FOID Card. It is recommended that in order to be in compliance with all statutes, non-residents transport all fi rearms:
1. broken down in a non-functioning state; or
2. not immediately accessible; or
3. unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying
box, shipping box, or other container.

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