A man from Normal, Illinois faces multiple felony charges after displaying a firearm in a social media post, according to an article by The Pantagraph. With a previous conviction for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon on his record, this man lost the right to possess firearms.
According to the authorities, this Normal man posted a video on social media appearing to be in possession of a firearm. When law enforcement later arrested this man on February 18, they discovered four different firearms. As a result, the Normal man faces four criminal charges for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Instead of posting in bail, the Normal man remains in police custody, awaiting an arraignment scheduled for March 19. In the interim, it seems like a proper occasion to review an applicable Illinois statute.
Illinois Laws Against Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
720 ILCS 5/24-1.1 explains the Illinois laws against possession of a firearm by a felon. This section makes it unlawful for any person:
- With a previous felony conviction to possess firearms or ammunition on their person, at home, or a place of business; or
- In the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections to possess firearms or ammunition, without regard to intent or necessity.
That being said, there is an exception to Section 24-1.1. This section does not apply to:
- Previous felons, if granted relief by the Director of the Department of State Police pursuant to the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act; or
- Confined felons, if specifically authorized by rule, order, regulation, or directive of the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Illinois Penalties for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
Section 24-1.1 also clarifies the Illinois penalties for possession of a firearm by a felon. Though the punishment does change based on the type of violation in question.
The following penalty scheme applies to a previous felon who unlawfully possesses a firearm:
- First Offense — Results in Class 3 felony charges, between two and 10 years in prison, and up to $25,000 in criminal fines; or
- Second or Subsequent Offense — Results in Class 2 felony charges, between three and 14 years in prison, and up to $25,000 in criminal fines.
The following penalty scheme applies to a confined felon who unlawfully possesses a:
- Firearm or Ammunition — Results in Class X felony charges, between six and 30 years in prison, and up to $25,000 in criminal fines; or
- Machine Gun — Results in Class 2 felony charges, between 12 and 50 years in prison, and up to $25,000 in criminal fines.
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