Police reminder: Current weapons law still in effect

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Police, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association are alerting the public that Illinois’ current unlawful-use-of-a-weapon statute is still being enforced and will continue to be until the governor signs a new concealed-carry law.

Current Illinois law prohibits the carrying of an immediately accessible or loaded firearm on your person or in your vehicle regardless of whether it is concealed. Anyone having a loaded, accessible gun, even if you have a firearm owner’s identification card, is subject to arrest.

On June 4, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals extended the time for the current law to remain in place until July 9, or when a new law goes into effect, whichever happens first.

Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau reminds the public that HB183, which was recently passed by the Legislature, is currently under review by Gov. Pat Quinn and has not yet become law.

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