What Can I Carry?

What type of firearms may be carried loaded and concealed in my community? 

The Illinois Concealed Carry Law authorizes a license holder to carry a handgun on or near his or her body completely or mostly concealed from view of the public or on or near his or her body inside a vehicle.

“Handgun” means any device that is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas, or escape of gas that is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand.

This does not include:

  • A stun gun or taser;
  • A machine gun as defined in item (i) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012;
  • A short-barreled rifle or shotgun as defined in item (ii) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012
  • Any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, or B-B gun which expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter, or which has a maximum muzzle velocity of less than 700 feet per second, or which expels breakable paint balls containing washable marking colors.

 

Are there any restrictions on the number of rounds of ammunition that may be carried by a concealed carry license holder?

No.  Under the Illinois Concealed Carry Law, there are no restrictions on the size of the magazine or number of rounds of ammunition that may be carried in a concealed manner by an approved concealed carry license holder.

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