What Are The Concealed Carry Requirements In Illinois?
Illinois is the last state in the country to allow concealed carry, and it’s what is referred to as a “shall issue” state. This means that if an applicant meets all the criteria, the state has to issue them the concealed carry license. In order to apply, a person has to take a 16-hour class and qualify with a firearm on a range to show minimal proficiency and accuracy. They have to fill out an application, submit fingerprints and undergo a background check. Once the concealed carry board has the application, they submit it to law enforcement, and law enforcement has the ability to file an objection based on the applicant’s criminal history. If there’s no objection, then the state would issue the license. If there’s an objection, the applicant could be denied a permit. I have successfully obtained concealed carry licenses for individuals that had been denied or objected to by law enforcement.
How Can An Attorney Help Someone Who Is Denied A Permit?
There are several different ways I can help people who have been denied a concealed carry license. I have successfully challenged denials based on law enforcement objections. This is generally a situation where the concealed carry board sends the applicant a letter saying that there’s been an objection produced by law enforcement based on particular offenses, certain arrests or incidents. Sometimes they include police reports with the objections, and sometimes they don’t. Once I have that information, I interview my client, get a full understanding of the situation and the circumstances that led to the objection.
I would then draft a document or a letter explaining the applicant’s particular circumstances and also laying out arguments why the concealed carry board should not rely on those objections or why those objections shouldn’t preclude someone from being issued a concealed carry license. If that fails, then a lawsuit can be filed in circuit court, and that’s where we let the courts decide whether or not the applicant should have the permit. I’ve filed several of those types of lawsuits and achieved excellent results for my clients.
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