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Full Guide To CCW Laws

Essential things to know about concealed carry in Illinois.

Quickly find out all the latest information you need to safely carry a firearm in Illinois.

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Illinois gun laws require residents to have a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card to possess a firearm or ammunition. There is a waiting period of 72 hours after buying a handgun to take possession of it. Concealed carry licenses are issued by the state police to applicants who have passed a 16 hour training course and are at least 21 years old. Non-resident permits are available for residents of four states, AR, MS, TX, VA and Non-residents are also exempt from having a FOID card if they possess a valid CCW permit from their home state.

Illinois CCW Quick Facts

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Illinois Reciprocity Map

Permit Honored
Permit not honored
Residential permits only
Issuing state

How Reciprocity Works In Illinois

Illinois will not honor any other states concealed carry permits. They will however issue non-resident concealed carry licenses to residents of four states;

  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • Virginia

These states have been assessed as having substantially similar firearms laws to Illinois laws. This list is being continually updated as more states are identified as having similar CCW laws to Illinois.

Illinois Reciprocity List

States that honor a Illinois CCW license

Resident Permit
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

Non-Resident Permit
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

Illinois honors these state CCW licenses

Illinois does not honor any other states permits.

States that will not accept an Illinois CCW license

California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

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Firearm Owners Identification Card

All Illinois residents that possess or purchase a firearm or ammunition within the state must have in their possession a valid Firearm Owners Identification card (FOID) issued in their name.

We have a separate page giving step by step directions on how to obtain a FOID card, appealing decisions, fees, renewals and more.

Illinois Concealed Handgun Forms

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Nevada: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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Places Off-Limits In Illinois

  • Public or private elementary or secondary 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
  • Circuit court, appellate court, or the Supreme Court
  • Any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government
  • Adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison, or jail
  • Public or private hospital or hospital affiliate, mental health facility, or nursing home
  • Public bus, train, or form of transportation paid for with public funds
  • Establishment that serves alcohol on its premises, if more than 50% of the establishment’s gross receipts within the prior 3 months is from the sale of alcohol
  • Any public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public
  • Any building or real property that has been issued a Special Event Retailer’s license
  • Public playground
  • Public park, athletic area, or athletic facility
  • Property under the control of the Cook County Forest Preserve District
  • Any building, classroom, laboratory, medical clinic, hospital, artistic venue, athletic venue, entertainment venue, officially recognized university-related organization property, including parking areas, sidewalks, and common areas under the control of a public or private community college, or university
  • Gaming facility licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975, including an inter-track wagering location
  • Any stadium, arena, or the real property or parking area under the control of a stadium, arena, or any collegiate or professional sporting event
  • Public library
  • Airport
  • Amusement park
  • Zoo or museum
  • Any street, driveway, parking area, property, building, or facility, owned, leased, controlled, or used by a nuclear energy, storage, weapons, or development site or facility regulated by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed In Illinois

  • State parks – see details
  • State and national forests
  • Vehicle – see details
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in February 2018 that the ban on carry near a public park is unconstitutional.

430 ILCS 66/65 – Off limits

History Of Illinois Gun Laws

Antique Pistol

Learn The History of Illinois Gun Laws

  • 1949

    Illinois passed a law banning concealed carry of firearms in 1949.

  • 1962

    The 1949 law is revised and now bans the practice of concealed carry and open carry. Some counties were permitted to pass local laws to allow open carry but concealed carry was still banned in these counties.

  • 1968

    A further law was passed in 1968 requiring residents to have a FOID card to purchase or possess firearms or ammunition.

  • 2012

    Federal Court of Appeal rules in Moore v. Madigan that the Illinois ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional. The Federal court imposed a deadline of 180 days for the Illinois government to pass new laws reversing the 60 year ban on concealed carry. An extension of 30 days was later granted.

  • 2013

    This was then backed up by another case, on September 12, 2013 when the Illinois Supreme Court rules in People v. Aguilar that the state’s law “Aggravated Use Of A Weapon” banning concealed carry is unconstitutional.

  • 2018

    February 2018, see's the Illinois Supreme court rule that the ban on concealed carry near public parks is unconstitutional

Illinois Gun Sales & Preemption

Gun Sales

Illinois has a waiting period after purchasing a firearm before the purchaser can take possession of the weapon. The waiting period is 72 hours for a handgun and 24 hours for a shotgun or rifle. The purchaser must also have a FOID card issued by the State Police to purchase any firearm or ammunition.

Sales made by a Federal Firearms License holder require the seller to verify the FOID card via an automated dial up system (Firearm Transfer Inquiry Program) run by the state police. The same checks will also need to be done for any sales at a gun show.

Private Gun Sales

If a firearm is being sold privately then by law the seller must verify the purchasers FOID card and also keep a record of any sale for a period of 10 years. To verify the purchasers FOID card the seller must contact the state police and receive a transfer approval number via a phone call or web site.


There is state preemption for all gun laws in Illinois. All prior restrictions made by local authorities relating to handguns are now rescinded. Local authorities cannot pass any new laws for handguns or long guns. However, laws relating to long guns that were in effect before the new gun laws came into effect in 2013 are still legally enforced.

430 ILCS 66 Section 90

Illinois Concealed Carry Laws

Illinois state capitol building

Illinois Gun Laws To Know

“Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
(Art. I, 22)

Illinois Off-Limit Statutes

Other Illinois CCW Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Illinois CCW FAQ's

Illinois CCW Contact

Illinois State Police


Monday – Friday    8am – 5pm

Saturday                  Closed

Sunday                    Closed


Address    801 South 7th Street

City            Springfield, Il62703

Phone        (217) 782-7980