Unusual Illegal Weapons in Illinois
The state of Illinois has several unusual weapons laws on the books that limit the possession and use of a vast array of dangerous objects, rather than simply limiting the use of just firearms. Extensive restrictions exist with the intent to prevent the use of weapons in violent crimes, but limit a surprising number of objects.
The penalties associated with possession of unusual weapons vary with the situation and location that the infraction occurs in, but can result in Class 3 felony charges. While possession of non-traditional weapons may seem like an eccentricity rather than a crime, these are serious charges, and if you are facing them, you need experienced legal representation on your side.
Types of Illegal Weapons
Weapons laws in Illinois do not stop with handguns and other firearms, but limit the possession of items such as the following:
- Stun guns
- Taser guns
- Metal knuckles
- Throwing stars
- Ballistic knives
- Stilettos (long knives)
- Broken glass or bottles
Aggravating factors that can elevate possession charges to felony level include the use of a mask or hood, and possession in a school or establishment that sells alcohol.
If you have been charged with weapons possession in the state of Illinois, you need a skilled Champaign criminal defense attorney on your side. The legal team at Bruno Law Offices is dedicated to defending your rights and interests in the face of criminal charges, so call us today at (217) 328-6000 to schedule an initial consultation.