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Old 10-28-2012, 20:15   #1
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Illinois vs Diggins Law or not???

I am seeing this document (Illinois v. Diggins) all over the net, but I cannot locate the statute that makes this case an actual law. This case asserts that a car's center console is a legal carry case for a weapon to anyone holding a legal Illinois FOID card.

http://www.state.il.us/court/opinion...ber/106367.pdf

I recently took at CCW course where I first heard about this case. I just received my Utah CCW permit. As you might consider, I am interested in knowing if this is law or not. A mistake here could mean a Felony Fire arms violation.

So, what is the truth about Ill v Diggins.
It is law? It does not appear to be.
If it is, what is the statute that makes it law? I cannot find it. I am afraid that this information is being spread over the net as if it were settled law. I am not so sure it is.

Looking for confirmation
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Old 10-28-2012, 20:24   #2
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I am a Police Officer working in Illinois. A local States Attorney distributed a memo after this case stating the center console is now considered a case. The gun had to be unloaded and inside the case. The magazine can be loaded, but seperate from the gun. That is the interpretation by the local SA.

If you are an Illinois resident you MUST have a FOID card to own or possess a firearm or ammunition..

Here is a link to IL state police.

http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/transgun0-000.pdf

FOID card information link.

http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/transgun0-000.pdf


Anyone else with a little more insight please comment.

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Old 10-28-2012, 20:38   #3
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There is no "Diggins Law". Diggins is an interpretation of the statute, not a separate statute. What the court did was interpret the IL statute concerning Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW), 720 ILCS 5/24-1. The UUW statute says, in addition to other things, that to legally transport a firearm in IL the firearm must be enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container. The court held the center console met the definition of "other container."
Nothing changed as far as UUW still requires the firearm has to be unloaded.
The court's ruling only applies to the UUW statute as that was the only issue before the court. That issue was the UUW statute did not specifically define "case" or "other container". The court held a console could be an "other container.
However, to be in full compliance with all IL laws the firearm still has to be in a case or be in violation of Uncased Gun 2.33(n). 2.33(n) is a completely different statute. 2.33(n) says the gun must be in a case but the difference between the UUW statute and the Uncased Gun statute is the Uncased Gun statute specifically defines a case. It defines a case as "a container specifically designed for the purpose of housing a gun or bow and arrow device which completely encloses such gun or bow and arrow device by being zipped, snapped, buckled, tied, or otherwised fastened with no portion of the gun or bow and arrow device exposed."
So what does all this mean? The Diggins ruling did not change the way a gun can be legally transported in the state. If not in a case (as defined by 2.33(n)) and carried in a console then a person can still be charged with 2.33(n) but not with UUW. That's all Diggins says.
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Old 10-28-2012, 21:13   #4
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OK, so if the center console is a a legal case, the weapon must also be enclosed within its own case. A case within a case in other words. Is that right?

Odd thing is that several if my Chicago officer friends have never heard of this. This seems to a very well kept secret. Meaning that if stopped and one has adhered to the law as described. If officers are not aware of this, how many people have been or are likely to be arrested for a weapon violation.

This is state wide, right? Chicago is not except, is it?
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Old 10-28-2012, 21:30   #5
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I am a Police Officer working in Illinois. A local States Attorney distributed a memo after this case stating the center console is now considered a case. The gun had to be unloaded and inside the case. The magazine can be loaded, but seperate from the gun. That is the interpretation by the local SA.

If you are an Illinois resident you MUST have a FOID card to own or possess a firearm or ammunition..

Here is a link to IL state police.

http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/transgun0-000.pdf

FOID card information link.

http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/transgun0-000.pdf


Anyone else with a little more insight please comment.

I am an Illinois resident who holds a Utah CCW permit. That permit allows me to conceal carry in the state if Indiana, which is only blocks from my home. I am trying to get clear understanding on this center console for transporting my weapon between Illinois and Indiana where I am allowed to carry.

This center console thing is confusing at best. So, separating weapon from ammo, with the weapon unloaded and within its own case, as if I were going to the practice range is the way to go with no complications.

The seemingly conveyance center console seems like a not so clear trip to a fire arms felony charge. My wife would kill me if that happened.
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Old 10-28-2012, 21:44   #6
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Chicago is going to be your problem. They make their own gun laws which is why they are always in court. IMO Chicago's gun laws are often unconstitutional. Chicago politicians do not want the residents of Chicago to own any guns.

If you are going to transport a gun in Chicago I would contact a State's Attorney Officer and see what they suggest. After all they will be the one prosecuting the arrest.

Start here:

http://www.statesattorney.org/index2...directory.html


Here is another source You should read regarding Cook County.

http://www.findgreatlawyers.com/Illi...-of-Weapon.htm

IMO you should move. Sorry I'm sure thats not very helpful.

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Old 10-28-2012, 21:53   #7
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This may be helpful.

If you have been charged with a weapons violation, or if you need further information on obtaining or transporting weapons in Illinois, we can put you in touch with an attorney experienced in Illinois’ weapons law. For help finding a lawyer with this background, please call us at (312) 346-5320 or (800) 517-1614 or fill out our contact us form and we will contact you. Your inquiry will be confidential.

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One more thing, GPRUITT54. Base on your avitar, you should take the weed out of your center console.

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Old 10-29-2012, 06:05   #9
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This may be helpful.

If you have been charged with a weapons violation, or if you need further information on obtaining or transporting weapons in Illinois, we can put you in touch with an attorney experienced in Illinois’ weapons law. For help finding a lawyer with this background, please call us at (312) 346-5320 or (800) 517-1614 or fill out our contact us form and we will contact you. Your inquiry will be confidential.

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http://www.findgreatlawyers.com/Illi...-of-Weapon.htm
No, I have no such violations. I simply want to be armed with the proper information so that does not happen. thanks for the information anyway.
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One more thing, GPRUITT54. Base on your avitar, you should take the weed out of your center console.
LoL! I don't smoke... anymore! Those days are long over for me. I grew up.
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OK, so if the center console is a a legal case, the weapon must also be enclosed within its own case. A case within a case in other words. Is that right?
You're not following it.
For the purpose of UUW statute the center console meets that statute's definition for case or other container.
For the pupose of the Uncased Gun statute the center console does not meet the definition of case.
Reread what I posted concerning possible charges. You can comply with the UUW statute by carrying in the console but doing so would not comply with the Uncased Gun statute. 2 separate statutes concerning 2 separate violations with 2 separate elements to the crime.
As far as your "case within a case" nothing says you have to carry the firearm in the console. Carry the unloaded firearm in a case described in 2.33(n) and you'll meet the requirements of all IL statutes.

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Odd thing is that several if my Chicago officer friends have never heard of this. This seems to a very well kept secret. Meaning that if stopped and one has adhered to the law as described. If officers are not aware of this, how many people have been or are likely to be arrested for a weapon violation.
Why am I not surprised. Tell your "Chicago officer friends" to read the opinion from the IL AG's office that came down within a day or 2 after Diggins was ruled. Maybe then they'll understand it. The information I provided you was from the IL AG.
It's really not that difficult to understand unless a person tries to make it difficult.
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Old 10-29-2012, 18:17   #12
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I got it. Seems like it would be simpler and safer to carry the unloaded weapon in my gun carrying case and place it under the back seat of the car while in Illinois.

Regarding the response from my officer friends; there are some parts of some of their responses that seemed almost uncaring about or believe what I was telling them about this. I probably not be talking about this because a couple of these guys are commanders. So I am going to stop here.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:09   #13
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I am so glad that I live in VT and not in IL!
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I am so glad that I live in VT and not in IL!
Yeah, We can only hope that some day Illinois will change to allow CCW. I assume that one day we will. Until then, I am glad I at least have a CCW permit; all be it a Utah permit, which is honered in Indiana.
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For the purpose of UUW statute the center console meets that statute's definition for case or other container.
For the pupose of the Uncased Gun statute the center console does not meet the definition of case.
I have a CCW license in the state I live. If I travel through Illinois and have my pistol minus magazine in its original plastic case (or soft zipper case) with the loaded magazine in my pocket will I put myself in legal jeopardy?
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I have a CCW license in the state I live. If I travel through Illinois and have my pistol minus magazine in its original plastic case (or soft zipper case) with the loaded magazine in my pocket will I put myself in legal jeopardy?
All IL law requires is the firearm to be unloaded and in a case. Magazines can be loaded. Mags and ammo don't have to be in a case but they can be in the same case as the firearm, just not in the firearm.
IL law isn't as onerous as the internet "experts" post. It's pretty simple. Unloaded and in a case. Do that and you comply with IL law.
There are cities in IL with home rule that have more restrictive laws than state law. You can go to this link and find cities you might travel thru for their city ordinances.
http://www.isp.state.il.us/foid/ordinances.cfm
IL law requires all cities who pass firearm ordinances have to notify the IL State Police of those ordinances. The ISP posts them on the webpage.
When you look at the list of cities it's not as bad as one might think. Most of those listed have city ordinances which mirror state law. There are reasons a city would have an ordinance same as the state law. For one, all fines from violating the ordinance go to the city and are not divided up with the county govt. If fined under state law the city only gets a portion of the fine with the remainder divided up with various county agencies. Another reason for a city ordinance is if someone violates a state law they end up with a criminal record. If you violate the ordinance, even tho it is the same as the state law, if charged under the ordinance it's not a criminal record.
Many other of the cities listed have ordinances that do not affect Joe Citizen. Their ordinances are regulating gun dealers such as zoning laws affecting businesses and where they can be located or regulated.
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All IL law requires is the firearm to be unloaded and in a case. Magazines can be loaded. Mags and ammo don't have to be in a case but they can be in the same case as the firearm, just not in the firearm.
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Yeah, We can only hope that some day Illinois will change to allow CCW. I assume that one day we will. Until then, I am glad I at least have a CCW permit; all be it a Utah permit, which is honered in Indiana.
We can hope one day for a national CCW.
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We can hope one day for a national CCW.
Amen!
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Amen!
Indeed. I don't have a CCW permit here in VT. VT doesn't issue/require them. One would think that we have a lot of violent crime here - nope!
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