HB 182 changes the Unlawful Use of Weapons (UUW) law, adding “dwelling” to the list of exemptions in which a law-abiding citizen is restricted from carrying a firearm. While “abode” is currently one of the exempted areas, under Illinois law, “abode” is strictly interpreted to mean only one’s actual home, and applies only to those who live there. By adding “dwelling,” the exemption is expanded to allow for situations such as visiting a family member’s home, going target shooting at a friend’s farm, or having a gun for personal protection within a hotel room.
HB 3714 states that, as a condition of probation and conditional discharge, a person shall automatically be prohibited from possessing a firearm only if the offense committed was either a felony, or a misdemeanor that “involved the intentional or knowing infliction of bodily harm or threat of bodily harm.” A court may still prohibit firearm possession in cases of misdemeanors that did not involve the infliction or threat of bodily harm, but it is no longer mandatory.
Both HB 182 and HB 3714 will go into effect immediately.