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Driving Through S. Illinois

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Bear2000, May 1, 2008.

  1. Bear2000

    Bear2000 Well-Known Member

    I'm driving through SOUTHERN (woops) Illinois on my way to Colorado from North Carolina this summer. I've got about 110 miles on I-70 in Illinois. My NC CCW is good in all other states I'm traveling through, but not Illinois. I'll have my .308 and one or two handguns with me.

    Any advice? If I disassemble the guns and keep the slides locked in separate cases in the trunk, will I be compliant? Or should I stick the the speed limit and not worry about it, just keep the guns in the trunk?

  2. damien

    damien Well-Known Member

    As far as I know, to be compliant in Illinois you need to have your guns unloaded, in a case, and have your FOID card. The FOID card requirement is waived for non-Illinois residents, so don't worry about that. Illinois isn't New Jersey for guns. Cook County is, but not the rest of the state

    What you propose is above and beyond the law, I think you are OK. Here is what the state police have to say, maybe print this out and bring it with you just in case:


    If a non-resident is coming to Illinois to hunt and would like to bring their firearm, how do they legally transport it?

    Non- residents must be legally eligible to possess or acquire firearms and ammunition in their state of residence. It is recommended that, in order to be in compliance with all statutes, non-residents transport all firearms:
    o Unloaded, and
    o Enclosed in a case, and
    o Not immediately accessible or broken down in a nonfunctioning state.

    The last item above is for the Wildlife code, not the UUW statute (which is the more serious violation). In the trunk fulfills "not immediately accessable"
  3. ShunZu

    ShunZu member

    Advice is correct. Cased in a GUN case (suitcase is not OK), and unloaded is legal when going through Illinois, unless you're driving through East. St. Louis, where a city ordinance prohibits transportation of ANY firearm. Have never been able to figure out how those folks ever get to go hunting...

    Good luck on your pass-through. And be glad to don't live in IL. :)
  4. MakAttak

    MakAttak Well-Known Member

    Also, I-70 is NOWHERE NEAR Northern IL. Most people downstate aren't crazy. You should be fine with them in your trunk.
  5. Bear2000

    Bear2000 Well-Known Member

    MakAttak - my bad, I meant Southern Illinois!

    Thanks for the advice. This shouldn't be that bad. I'll just remove the slide off my carry gun and put it in the back for those 100 miles. The .308 is in a case anyway, as will any additional guns I bring.
  6. sqlbullet

    sqlbullet Well-Known Member

  7. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Just don't be stupid, and there'lll be no problem. I went through South Illinois last year on my way from CO to GA. I was on my bike, so really no good way to secure a firearm. I just left it on my hip and drove like a sane person.

    I was a little more concerned about hassles on the way back, driving with no plates in the truck I had bought in GA, which kinda sticks out:


    But there were no hassles, despite passing several Illinois statie's through cone zones.

    Ironically, though I passed dozens of city/county/state cops in the 7 states I traveled, I get pulled over for not having plates a mere 12 miles from home by the Kiowa police chief. This was 2 weeks after I got back, and I had just picked up the temp tags at the DMV in Kiowa, but had no tape to attach them.:rolleyes:
  8. Picard

    Picard Well-Known Member

    From what I know about Illinois laws, all you need is to have your gun in a case with the magazines removed. They can be loaded or unloaded. If you want to make sure that you'll be safe, just keep your mags unloaded and put your guns in the trunk. I wouldn't worry about disassembling them.
  9. Winchester 73

    Winchester 73 member

    That's correct.FOPA Act of 1986 doesn't require it:

    TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 44 > § 926APrev | Next § 926A. Interstate transportation of firearms
    Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.

  10. stevereno1

    stevereno1 Well-Known Member

    drive the speed limit, use your turn signal, drive VERY well, and GET THE HECK OUT OF ILLINOIS!!!
  11. catfish101

    catfish101 Well-Known Member

    Just run through Tenn. and avoid the hassle.
  12. grimjaw

    grimjaw Well-Known Member

    Any advice?


  13. Im283

    Im283 Well-Known Member

    avoid it period to be safe. A few extra dollars in fuel is good insurance.
  14. Eightball

    Eightball Well-Known Member

    My advice?

  15. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    Also, according to FOPA, don't have the ammo accessible to you/passengers either, it gets locked up with the guns. Who cares about St. Louis? FOPA would cover travelling through St. Louis as well, so long as it is not a destination.

    Also, you don't need to disassemble anything so long as it is unloaded and locked in the trunk.
  16. Soybomb

    Soybomb Well-Known Member

    I think many people seem to think all of IL is chicago. Southern illinois is fine, follow the law linked to on the state police page above.
  17. Jeff White

    Jeff White Moderator Staff Member

    Unload both weapons, put them in gun cases, put the cases in the trunk. Drive normally, have a good time.

    Contrary to internet rumors there are no internal customs checkpoints at the Illinois border. There are no roadblocks at the interstate exits where K9s trained to sniff out nitrates will check your car for possible weapons. There will be no body cavity searches at the side of the road.

    You will find that the officers who work in Southern Illinois are quite used to people carrying firearms in their vehicle. From August through January where I worked I would estimate that 80% of the pickups I stopped for traffic violations had a shotgun or bow, or both in them. I stopped an older gentleman from South Dakota IIRC who had a nice Model 70 hanging in the gun rack in the back of his pickup. I explained to him that it was illegal to transport it that way in Illinois. As this was years before we had 24 hour Super Wal-Marts in the area and it was around 11 pm, I gave him an old blanket I had in the back of my squad to wrap the rifle in and helped him stow it behind his seat. If you would believe everything you read on the forums about Illinois this distinguished gentleman (WWII purple heart if you could believe his license plate) would have disappeared into the gulag never to be heard from again.

    I'm not saying that you won't run into someone who has a bad attitude or shouldn't be on the job, but the odds of that are really small.

    Don't draw attention to yourself by doing things like driving 80+ on the interstate or speeding through work zones and your chances of even encountering a police officer are very slight. Depending on the time of day you cut across on I70, you might not even see an officer.

  18. glocker82

    glocker82 member

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  19. 2TransAms

    2TransAms Well-Known Member

    Ironically enough,that's the place where I would most like to have a gun handy.
    Say it ain't so...
  20. john1911

    john1911 Well-Known Member

    That's a long ways from Southern Illinois, more like central Illinois :neener:.

    Unload them, case them up and put them in the trunk, should be fine. Don't draw attention to yourself with your driving. Watch out for "speed enforcement" traps.

    I think you'll find, outside of urban areas, most leos are pretty level-headed.

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