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Illinois is not a traditional open carry state. Open carry is clearly prohibited except in unincorporated areas where the county has not made open carry illegal. Additionally, note that open carry is prohibited inside a vehicle even when in unincorporated areas. Further, a recent review of Illinois statutes indicates that even open carry on foot in unincorporated areas may also be unlawful, and so in an abundance of caution, we classify Illinois as a state banning open carry entirely.
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State Constitution Article I Section 22Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Minimum Age to OC 18
Preemption There is NO state preemption of firearms laws.

NOTE: Almost all states allow local regulation of the discharge of firearms

Open Car Carry You may NOT open carry in a car.
Private Sales Not Yet Determined
Permit Issued Not Yet Determined
K-12 Carry Not Yet Determined

NOTE: The Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act Restricts Carry to Permit Holders

College Carry Carry Prohibited by Statute

NOTE: Even if Legal, Students May be Subject to Academic Sanctions

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