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Category: Gun Charges

Supreme Court Ruling Against “Straw” Gun Purchases

On June 16, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued an opinion in a widely discussed case involving the purchase of guns. Specifically, the case, Abramski v. United States, addresses “straw purchases” of guns. A straw purchase means that someone purchases a gun on another person’s behalf, but represents himself as the (Read More)

Illinois Concealed Weapons

Illinois Concealed Weapon Law Not until the year 2012, the law in Illinois forbid any citizen to carry a gun or any firearm either openly or concealed, outside his or her home. This law was struck down by a federal appellate, because it found out that the law violated the second Amendment in the case (Read More)

Man Faces Murder, Weapons Charges for Shooting Death of 19-year-old Woman

The shooting death of a 19-year-old Detroit woman has sparked outrage across the country, and has raised questions as to whether the shooting was racially motivated. While the media and the public speculate as to whether the killing of Renisha McBride was similar to the high-profile killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the homeowner who (Read More)

Weapons Charges Take Center Stage in Illinois News as Lawmakers Consider Firearms Legislation

Several news stories regarding weapons charges in Illinois have popped up in the last week, highlighting both the conduct of offenders and the activities of lawmakers to crack down on gun-related crime. While lawmakers contemplate establishing harsher sentences for gun-law violators, an Illinois student faces serious charges for gun-related felony crimes. According to abclocal.go.com, a (Read More)

Illinois Prosecutors Drop Weapons Charges After State Supreme Court’s Aguilar Ruling

Earlier this fall, the Illinois State Supreme Court ruled on one aspect of an important issue that Illinois has wrestled with for a very long time: gun possession. In People v. Aguilar, the Supreme Court ruled on an issue pertaining to felony crimes and weapons charges when it struck down an Illinois statute it deemed (Read More)

Chicago Bears Fan Faces Weapons Charges after Allegedly Tasering Wife Pursuant to Bet

When football season heats up things can sometimes get a little out of hand, but it is a rare case that a little bit of team rivalry ends in weapons charges. Though it may seem more innocent than a violent crime or drug crime, possessing a Taser, or other such weapon, may wind up costing (Read More)

First of Three Illinois Men Pleads Guilty to Felony Crimes for 2011 Sexual Assault and Robbery

Being a teenager is often an exciting time. It is not uncommon for teens to get into mischief while exploring their new freedoms and independence from their parents. However, sometimes teens can go too far and can end up with charges for serious felony crimes. Teen against teen violence, including robbery, rape, and other serious (Read More)

Prosecutors Charge First Two Suspects in Basketball Park Shooting with Serious Felony Crimes

Last week a shooting in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood left Cook County prosecutors looking for suspects to charge with the horrendous felony crimes that left 13 people injured, including a 3-year-old boy. This week, prosecutors were able to charge their first two suspects involved in the mass shooting. While prosecutors are likely relieved (Read More)

Prosecutors Consider Bringing Felony Weapons Charges Against Man who Brought Gun to Golf Tournament

Illinois is no stranger to controversy over gun control laws. With the recent passage of new legislation, as well as new precedent established by the Illinois Supreme Court, felony crimes involving guns are murky, making the job of prosecutors in charging suspects more difficult. A recent situation involving a gun owner from out-of-state and a golf tournament (Read More)