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Illinois Gun Laws

Prosecutor Refuses To Enforce State Gun Law

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 08.23.2012 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Despite a statewide ban on concealed weapons, gun owners in one central Illinois county don't need to worry about facing charges ...

Gov. Quinn Proposes Statewide Assault Weapons Ban

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 09.30.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Illinois could ban assault weapons under a plan proposed Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn, but any gun control regulation would have to clear...

Despite Controversy, State Lawmaker Pushing 'Stand Your Ground' Bill

Posted 03.29.2012 | Chicago

Even as outrage continues to build both nationally and locally in the wake of Trayvon Martin's slaying, an Illinois lawmaker continues to push for a s...

Rahm: 'Chicago vs. Downstate Is Over'

Posted 03.08.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at a luncheon in Peoria, Ill. Wednesday, and urged those assembled there to reject the "Chicago versus downstate" div...

Concealed Carry Fight Rages On

Posted 03.07.2012 | Chicago

Illinois remains the only state in the union without a concealed carry law on the books -- and despite repeated failures, gun rights advocates are not...

Should High Crime Neighborhoods Pay Higher Taxes?

Posted 03.03.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois State Rifle Association on Thursday denounced gun control legislation approved by a state House committee and proposed that the state's c...

Rahm-Supported Statewide Gun Registry Advances In Springfield

Posted 03.01.2012 | Chicago

Legislation pushed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that would implement a statewide handgun registry was approved by a House committee Wednesday and wil...

Emanuel's Gun Proposal Harks Back to Richard J. Daley

Robert Loerzel | Posted 04.14.2012 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Illinois should have a statewide gun registry. Emanuel's idea isn't new.

Rahm Wants A Statewide Gun Registry

Posted 02.09.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected Thursday to introduce a proposal he hopes Illinois lawmakers will take up: a new, statewide handgun registry. ...

City Gun Owner ID Card Registrations Surge

Posted 01.28.2012 | Chicago

State officials announced this week that Chicago has seen a 16 percent increase in the number of people registering for state firearm owner's identifi...

Gun Advocates Target Suburb Developing New Gun Laws

Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

A Tuesday meeting of the Oak Park Board of Health attracted the attention of gun rights advocates across the state, who fear the village may approve l...

Gun-Advocacy Group Continues Fight For Illinois FOID Card Secrecy

State Journal-Register | Posted 10.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- A gun-advocacy group is pushing ahead with a lawsuit over firearm owner identification cards in Illinois even though a favorable new state ...

Measure Would Keep Names Of Gun Owners Private

AP | By TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 07.23.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Illinois lawmakers voted overwhelming Friday to bar the public from knowing who holds a firearm owner identification card, a victory for gu...

Legislators Pass Bill To Keep Domestic Abusers From Owning Guns

Posted 07.18.2011 | Chicago

By a sweeping majority, the Illinois Senate passed a bill that would permanently revoke the rights of certain offenders to own guns. The bill, HB 3...

Concealed Carry Bill Defeated In Illinois House

Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago

Story updated at 4:25 p.m. CT After months of heated debate, the Illinois House voted against a concealed carry measure Thursday. The bill rece...

Quinn Vows To Veto Concealed Carry Bill

Posted 07.03.2011 | Chicago

In March, gun rights supporters and politicians seemed pretty confident that Illinois would have a concealed carry law on the books soon. On Tuesday, ...

Concealed Carry In Illinois? Lawmakers Say It Could Happen

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While Chicago-area lawmakers continue to push for tough gun laws, downstate politicians think they have the support needed to get a concealed carry me...

Gun Used To Kill Officer Passed Through 3 States

Chicago Tribune | Annie Sweeney and William Lee, Tribune Reporters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The .45-caliber handgun found feet from the body of Officer Thomas Wortham IV passed through three states and many hands before a chance encounter at ...

Anti-Gun Group Endorses Pat Quinn In Race For Governor

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Pat Quinn is still behind in the polls, but has picked up some key endorsements in recent weeks. Aside from the Illinois Education Association, the Br...

In Chicago, Some Worried, Others Excited About Gun Ban Reversal

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Supreme Court's Monday ruling invalidated Chicago's 28-year-old ban on handguns for all practical purposes, and while people like South Side grand...

Legislature Backs Daley's Effort To Crack Down On Gun Violence

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley's gun control proposals are frequently shot down by the General Assembly, but he won a rare victory Wednesday. The Illinois Senate unan...

At Least 29 Shot, 3 Dead In Chicago Weekend Shootings, Gun Ban On Its Way Out

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a challenge to Chicago's 28-year-old handgun ban, which ultimately signals the end of the ban on handguns in Chica...

No Limits On Gun Purchases: House

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An effort to limit the number of guns people can buy has failed again in the Illinois House. The measure would have capped ...

Bill To Allow Concealed Weapons Rejected By Illinois Senate

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A committee of the Illinois Senate has rejected a proposal to give Illinoisans the right to carry concealed weapons. Senate Bill 1976 would allow cou...

State Panel In Favor Of Allowing Concealed Weapons

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A state House panel is recommending that the General Assembly give Illinois residents the right to carry concealed weapons. ...