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Old October 28, 2012, 04:45 PM   #10
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The link that Sigcurious provided is a RECOMENDATION and it's not an accurate reflection of the law.

The pamphlet "Illinois Gun Laws, Common Questions & Answers
Illinois Gun Statutes" states:

it is recommended that, in order to be in compliance with all statutes, all firearms be transported:

1. Unloaded and,
2. Enclosed in a case, and
3. By persons who have a valid FOID card.

The actual statute says:

does not apply to or affect transportation of weapons that meet one of the following conditions:

(i) are broken down in a non-functioning state; or
(ii) are not immediately accessible; or
(iii) are unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled on 10/8/2009 Docket # 106367 that the Center Console of a vehicle was a case and a firearm could be carried in the closed Center Console.

People v. Holmes, Ill. Supreme Court, Docket # 109130, Opinion filed 4/7/11.

The defendant owner/driver of a motor vehicle, an Indiana resident who had been issued a carry license by his home state, was stopped by Chicago police officers for a traffic violation. Pursuant to a search, a 9 mm handgun was recovered from a backseat armrest of the car. The Court noted that “[t]he armrest separated the two back seats and contained a storage compartment that closed with a latch. The compartment could be folded up into the seat or left in a down position.

Illinois State Supreme Court found for the defendant in this case.
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