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Obtaining an Illinois Concealed Carry License — The ISBA Discusses

Question:  How can I obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon?

Answer:  On January 1, 2014, a new Illinois law went into effect requiring those who want to carry a concealed firearm to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License which is issued by the Illinois State Police. In general, Illinois residents who want to apply for the permit must be 21, have a valid Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card, and have completed required concealed carry firearms training and registered their fingerprints. Persons who carry firearms without the license will be subject to arrest. Further information is available at       For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to   Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit