October 12, 2009

Car Consoles Are 'Cases' in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Last week the Illinois Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in People v. Diggins, in which a car glovebox was ruled to be a "case" when transporting guns.

The ruling is important because gunowners carrying a gun in a car container won't be guilty of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon if that weapon is unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card.

The Supreme Court held that the center console in a motor vehicle is a "case," which means it falls under exemption language regarding transportation of firearms.

People v. Diggins

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Comments (11)


Posted by: BONNER | October 19, 2009 10:00 PM    Report this comment

I live in St. Louis, Mo. I have friends in IL.
does that mean even I can transport my 9mm or 40 cal. pistol to go see friend's if I have it locked in the box beside me?

Posted by: Ernie | October 17, 2009 7:59 PM    Report this comment

Lot of nice gun manufacturers in IL.
Springfield Armory,
Rock River Arms,
D.S. Arms,
Ealge Arms,
Les Baer Customs - oops left IL, moved across the river to IA

Unfortunately, IL is one of the most restrictive gun law states in the entire United States.

Posted by: CAR311 | October 16, 2009 10:33 AM    Report this comment

I live in Tennessee;If you have a carry permit you can have a loaded weapon in your glove box, on the seat, on your hip, it does not matter. If you don,t have a permit you can,t have a loaded weapon anywhere in your vehicle but unloaded, again; It does not matter. In TN it is not a crime to transport a weapon from one place to another.

Posted by: CLEAT | October 16, 2009 2:41 AM    Report this comment

What good is a 9mm in the glove box with the mag in the trunk? Let me see, hey thug, wait just a sec while I get into the trunk for my magazine, then we'll see who's car you are going to steal. ha ! Might as well just give these criminals the keys so you can comply with Illinois gun laws. I don't know anyone that carries without having the ammo handy but any law that lets us have a gun in the car is a start. I wonder if a mag on the visor would suffice?

Posted by: Sharps | October 15, 2009 10:41 PM    Report this comment

Don't forget DSA. They make one of the best .308 sport utility rifles in the world.


Posted by: Lee W | October 15, 2009 5:48 PM    Report this comment

Many of you are well aware of my experiences in transporting firearms through Illinois. Fortunately, I was able to rationalize my way out of trouble with a reasonably intelligent, semi-conservative state trooper. I know that many others have had far less success in talking their way out of trouble in Illinois.
I have provided testimonials to the Illinois State Rifle Association to assist in their quest to bring democracy to their troubled land. In the mean time, I avoid entering that state, and I don't spend money in Illinois. I do, however, make allowances for purchasing some products that are sold from businesses in
that totalitarian state.....Springfield Armory comes to mind.

Posted by: canovack | October 15, 2009 12:55 PM    Report this comment


Posted by: BONNER | October 15, 2009 11:00 AM    Report this comment

Yes, this is Illinois! The Land of Lincoln! The mayor of Chicago, MAJOR R Daley, runs this STATE with a few of his liberal crooked cronies. In CROOK County (Cook) murders by the dozen, monthly. Law abiding citizens need FOID cards, FELONEY charges-unless your firearm is "broken" down, unloaded and in a "case", trigger locks, and gun bans (that case now going to the USSC)! The ISRA has been able to include wording to allow law-abiding citizens some "freedom" to have a firearm near us while bad guys have firearms 24/7. Join the NRA, GOA, and your state organization even if you live in a free state. Realize that some of us are still in a controlled society - paying a high price for staying here to keep the fight on-going to win our freedom!

Posted by: Dispatch | October 15, 2009 9:16 AM    Report this comment

Wow! "Car container", "aggravated unlawful use of a weapon", "Firearms Owner's Id card"?!? What commie country is that?
"Colorado allows a person to carry a firearm in a vehicle, loaded or unloaded" the car is the "case".
Dean P.

Posted by: deanpf | October 15, 2009 8:02 AM    Report this comment

Two or three full magazines, seperated from the pistol would be legal as well?
Mike H.

Posted by: Scouse | October 15, 2009 6:41 AM    Report this comment

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