Illinois Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for Illinois Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact Illinois gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to Illinois can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

Illinois State Constitution

"Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

"All men are by nature free and independent and have certain inherent and inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights and the protection of property, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

"The people have the right to assemble in a peaceable manner, to consult for the common good, to make known their opinions to their representatives and to apply for redress of grievances."

Illinois Gun Laws

Illinois Gun Laws Overview (Source: NRA-ILA)
Illinois Concealed Carry (CCW) Overview (Source:
Illinois Firearms Services Bureau (Source: Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau)
Illinois Firearms Services Bureau Frequently Asked Questions (Source: Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau)

Illinois Hunting Rules & Regulations

Hunting and Trapping in Illinois (Source: Illinois Department of Natural Resources)
Illinois Hunting License Description & Fees (Source: Illinois Department of Natural Resources)
Buy Illinois Licenses Online (Source: Illinois Department of Natural Resources)
Illinois Hunter Safety (Source: Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

Illinois Shooting Ranges

Illinois DNR World Shooting and Recreational Complex (Source: Illinois Department of Natural Resources)
NSSF-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NSSF's
NRA-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source:
All Shooting Ranges (Source:

Illinois Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

IDPA Clubs (Source:
IDPA Matches (Source:
USPSA Clubs (Source:
USPSA Matches (Source:
USA Shooting Clubs (Source:
USA Shooting Matches (Source:
4-H Shooting Sports State Contacts (Source:

Illinois NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Illinois State Firearm & Hunting Associations

Illinois Gun Shows and FFLs

Illinois Gun & Knife Shows (Source:
Illinois Gun Shows (Source:
Illinois FFL Holders (Source:
NICS Firearm Checks by State (Source:
Illinois Mental Health Records Submitted to NICS (Source:

Illinois's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

Illinois Elected Public Officials

Congressional (Source:
Gubernatorial (Source:
State Legislature (Source:
Statewide Officials (Source:
NRA's Ranking of Illinois Public Officials (Source:

Illinois Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Illinois State Checkbook (Source: Open The Books)
Illinois State Employees (Source: Open The Books)
Illinois Personal & Economic Freedom Ranking (Source: CATO Institute)
Illinois Civil Asset Forfeiture (aka "Policing For Profit") Ranking (Source: Institute for Justice)

Illinois State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Illinois State Business Tax Climate Rank (Source: Tax Foundation)
Taxes in Illinois (Source: Tax Foundation)