Cook County, IL vs Home Rule Municipalities

I was wondering about the magazine ban on firearms in particular, but also about firearm bans in general for home rule municipalities within Cook County.

If a home rule municipality in Cook County does not have wording regarding the banning of firearms/related items mentioned in the Cook County restrictions, does that imply that the ban is not valid for those residents or is valid?

Also, does anyone have an official local government link (or search phrase) one within said municipality could reference which lists policies of their home rule municipality?

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@Robert8 do you have info on this?

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Let me see @Zee what I have. I just saw this now from you.

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@Zee The only one I have ever known about is Highland Park, IL Which is in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago on Lake Michigan. Has an AR15 ban. Nobody really pays attention to it but there is a ban on AR15 What the Highland Park town criminal board calls Assault Weapons of War. But let me check I will check and get back to you tonight. There was one last year but the ISRA Fought that and won the battle in court

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@Zee Cook Co unenforceable gun and magazine ban has never been enforced by Cook Co authorities to include City of Chicago. Cook has never enforced its assault weapons ban.

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Thank you @Robert8. Does that help @Scotty ?

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There is a lot of confusion here. I live in Western Suburbs (30 miles away from Cook Co.) but have been told recently about magazine capacity limitation in Cook County.
One student from Chicago who attended the same firearm class with me told that even you are NOT Cook Co. resident you can be arrested there for carrying “high capacity” magazine.
But these were words only, I couldn’t find any official information about it.

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@Zee and @Robert8 Thank you for your responses.

It is helpful but basically leaves my question unanswered. Unlawful is still unlawful even if not enforced. As a law-abiding citizen and considering the history of prosecutors choices in IL I prefer a more well-rounded understanding of the law pertaining to self defense/home defense and related options. It is very confusing in IL, as it’s my understanding that IL has “home rule” municipalities that can have different/conflicting laws than the counties wherein they reside. Although this might give more control to the local residents, it’s confusing trying to get a clear understanding of what’s legal and what’s not. A trip to Cabelas in Cook County might illustrate my point… although I could always ask them, too… they’re not lawyers though.

Regarding the USCCA class, they said that many Cook County residents rent out storage outside of the county. However, that was related to a discussion of AR ownership, and I don’t own an AR, and it is not really what I’m asking about here (although it relates). Additionally, my question relates to home defense choices, not my CCW.

Any further info would be greatly appreciated.

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In my USCCA class, they said that an IL resident with a CCW license had preemption (regarding their carry piece), which meant the licensee was restriced by the IL Constitution rather than the individual city/county restrictions.

However, on a different forum someone mentioned an incidence of Chicago police confiscating 10+ round magazines from an IL CCW license holder when he was pulled over for some traffic violation… handed back the loose ammo and the firearm though. I don’t know if it’s true, but I don’t know how many people would spend $450/hour with a lawyer to get their $40 magazines back.

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@Scotty My suggestion to you, I presume that you are a USCCA member right? Because some people here in the Community are not members is why I’m asking, Go to the USCCA App, find the lawyer you previously chose in case you have an incident and make yourself an appointment to go to the attorneys office with your notebook and take your questions along with you. I don’t know exactly where you live except here in IL if you are close by I would go with you, if you’re far away maybe take your wife or a Buddy because sometimes people do forget questions and after you leave the office it’s kind of to late. I’m retired so I’m free most any time. I’m here in Dupage County but I encourage you to call your selected attorney so you can understand crystal clear. Good luck to you Scot.

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@Scotty @Jerzy @Zee I can tell you that the Chicago PD are not going to cut anyone any slack because you are supposed to know what laws apply to you if you’re traveling through Chicago Cook Co, the suburbs of Cook or anything because one thing is certain, you are not going to get your gun returned to you if you’re stopped. If you have any incident once you’re processed in the precinct you have to go to Cook County to await trial. I don’t want to scare people but Cook Co is no place you ever want to be. I was born and raised in Chicago South Side in a tough neighborhood and I don’t want to go back ever again to my old Chicago. Last time I was there February 4, 2016 I was shot, lost my left index finger but saved my life. I drove myself to near my house shot and bleeding but the closest hospital to me that day was no good so I drove myself home and went to the ER lucky as my old Irish luck would have it, I had the #1 best hand surgeon in the state. So I lost my index finger but saved my life. Welcome to my first month of being retired at that point. I will not carry my gun in Chicago for any reason. There’s nothing that would ever make me carry a gun in Chicago.

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@Robert8 Yes, I am a USCCA member. I occassionally do assessments of risks regarding finances, charity, investments, protection, etc with the changing times. Right now I’m reevaluating some home security and safety measures of which I can spread over a few months while budgeting in maintenance and/or repairs.

My father grew up in Chicago as well, although his family moved around from the southside to the northside throughout as they were renting. I don’t currently carry when I go downtown, but it’s usually to see my doctor at a hospital which is on a college campus. I’m at the age and point in my life where I no longer want to go downtown for social events.

When finances permit me to make changes relative to my home defense firearm, I will look into the option of asking questions at the lawyer’s office I chose and wrote down as “preferred” in the USCCA pamphlet. If/when I do I will give you a heads up, but most likely it won’t be for a few months. Depending on what they charge me for a “talk” it might even push that further down the line.

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@Scotty Well bless you Scott, Our Buddy @Zee emailed me your question earlier tonight and I did not read what you said prior to that but I went through it about an hour ago. I thought you were a USCCA instructor. Now I have the whole picture in my mind. Anyway if I was going to guess for IL in this part of the state to go to a lawyer somewhere between $75-$200 per hour. And I have to tell you if you’re not aware I have two friends who had incidents neither involved self defense shootings but did involve guns. Both of them didn’t have any type of membership in anything like USCCA and my one friend said over and over again he would never need a lawyer. Well, good ol’ IL took his CCW, FOID, his guns and his store of ammunition a couple years ago and the judge took away his Second Amendment. My other friend lost her Second Amendment in a misunderstanding with her husband and he called the Chicago PD and got her gun rights stripped away. Whatever I can do to help you Scot feel free.

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