The State of Illinois has many laws against the use of dangerous weapons, such as knives, clubs, and firearms. Due to the inherent risks associated with the use of firearms, specifically, there are additional restrictions and penalties under Illinois law, including aggravated discharge of a firearm.
How Does Illinois Define Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm?
The Illinois definition of aggravated discharge of a firearm appears in 720 ILCS 5/24-1.2. This crime only applies in specific situations and under limited circumstances — when a person intentionally discharges a firearm:
At or into a building with knowledge that there are people inside;
In the direction of a person or a vehicle with a person inside;
In the direction of a law enforcement officer in the performance of official duties;
In the direction of a vehicle carrying a law enforcement officer in the performance of official duties;
In the direction