§ 138.02  EXEMPTIONS.
   (A)     Section 138.01(A)(3),(4), and (10) do not apply to or affect any of the following:
      (1)     Peace officers, and any person summoned by a peace officer to assist in making arrests or preserving the peace while actually engaged in assisting the officer.
      (2)     Wardens, superintendents, and keepers of prisons, penitentiaries, jails, and other institutions for the detention of persons accused or convicted of an offense, while in the performance of their official duty, or while commuting between their homes and places of employment.
      (3)     Members of the Armed Services or Reserve Forces of the United States or the Illinois National Guard or the Reserve Officers Training Corps, while in the performance of their official duty.
      (4)     Special agents employed by a railroad or a public utility to perform police functions, guards of armored car companies while actually engaged in the performance of the duties of their employment or commuting between their homes and places of employment; and watchmen while actually engaged in the performance of the duties of their employment.
      (5)     Persons licensed as private security contractors, private detectives, private alarm contractors or employed by an agency certified by the Department of Professional Regulation, if their duties include the carrying of a weapon under the provisions of ILCS Ch. 225, Act 445, § 1 et seq., while actually engaged in the performance of the duties of their employment or commuting between their homes and places of employment, provided that the commuting is accomplished within one hour from departure from home or place of employment, as the case may be. Persons exempted under this division (A)(5) shall be required to have completed a course of study in firearms handling and training approved and supervised by the Department of Professional Regulation as prescribed by ILCS Ch. 225, Act 445, § 28 prior to becoming eligible for this exemption.  The Department of Professional Regulation shall provide suitable documentation demonstrating the successful completion of the prescribed firearms training. Such documentation shall be carried at all times when such persons are in possession of a concealable weapon.
      (6)     Any person regularly employed in a commercial or industrial operation as a security guard for the protection of persons employed and private property related to that commercial or industrial operation while actually engaged in the performance of his or her duty or traveling between sites or properties belonging to the employer, and who, as a security guard is a member of a security force of at least 5 persons or more registered with the Department of Professional Regulation; provided that the security guard has successfully completed a course of study, approved by and supervised by the Department of Professional Regulation, consisting of not less than 40 hours of training that includes the theory of law enforcement, liability for acts and the handling of weapons.  A person shall be considered eligible for this exemption if he or she has completed the required 20 hours of training for a security officer and 20 hours of required firearm training and who has been issued a firearm authorization card by the Department of Professional Regulation.  Conditions for the renewal of firearm authorization cards issued under the provisions of this section shall be the same as for those cards issued under the provisions of ILCS Ch. 225, Act 445, § 28.  Such firearm authorization card shall be carried by the security guard at all times when he or she is in possession of a concealable weapon.
      (7)     Agents and investigators of the Illinois Legislative Investigating Commission authorized by the Commission to carry the weapons specified in § 138.01 (A) (3) and (4) while on duty in the course of any investigation for the Commission.
      (8)     Persons employed by a financial institution for the protection of other employees and property related to that financial institution, while actually engaged in the performance of their duties, commuting between their homes and places of employment, or traveling between sites or properties owned or operated by the financial institution, provided that any person so employed has successfully completed a course of study, approved by and supervised by the Department of Professional Regulation, consisting of not less than 40 hours of training which includes theory of law enforcement, liability for acts, and the handling of weapons.  A person shall be considered to be eligible for this exemption if he or she has completed the required 20 hours of training for a security officer and 20 hours of required firearm training and who has been issued a firearm authorization card by the Department of Professional Regulation.  Conditions for renewal of firearm authorization cards issued under the provisions of this section shall be the same as for those issued under ILCS Ch. 225, Act 445, § 28.  Such firearm authorization card shall be carried by the person so trained at all times when such person is in possession of a concealable weapon.  For purposes of this division, "FINANCIALINSTITUTION" means a bank, savings and loan association, credit union, or company providing armored car services.
      (9)     Any person employed by an armored car company to drive an armored car while actually engaged in the performance of his duties.
      (10)    Persons who have been classified as peace officers pursuant to the Peace Officer Fire Investigation Act.
      (11)    Investigators of the Office of the States Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor authorized by the board of governors of the Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor to carry weapons pursuant to Section 706 of the "State Attorney's Appellate Prosecutor's Act."
      (12)    Special investigators appointed by a State Attorney under Section 3-9005 of the counties code.
      (13)    Court Security Officers while in the performance of their official duties, or while commuting between their homes and places of employment, with the consent of the Sheriff.
      (13.5)   A person employed as an armed security guard at a nuclear energy, storage, weapons or development site or facility regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who has completed the background screening and training mandated by the rules and regulations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
      (14)    Manufacture, transportation, or sale of weapons to persons authorized under divisions (A)(1) through (13.5) of this section to possess those weapons.
   (B)     Section 138.01 (A)(4) and (10) do not apply to or affect any of the following:
      (1)     Members of any club or organization organized for the purpose of practicing shooting at targets upon established target ranges, whether public or private, and patrons of the ranges, while the members or patrons are using their firearms on those target ranges;
      (2)     Duly authorized military or civil organizations while parading with the special permission of the governor;
      (3)     Hunters, trappers, or fishermen with a license or permit while engaged in hunting, trapping, or fishing;
      (4)     Transportation of weapons that are broken down in a nonfunctioning state or not immediately accessible.
   (C)     Section 138.01(A)(7) does not apply to or affect any of the following:
      (1)     Peace officers while in performance of their official duties.
      (2)     Wardens, superintendents and keepers of prisons, penitentiaries, jails and other institutions for the detention of persons accused or convicted of an offense.
      (3)     Members of the Armed Services or Reserve Forces of the United States or the Illinois National Guard, while in the performance of their official duty.
      (4)     Manufacture, transportation, or sale of machine guns to persons authorized under divisions (1) through (3) of this division (C) to possess machine guns, if the machine guns are broken down in a non-functioning state or not immediately accessible.
      (5)     Persons licensed under federal law to manufacture any weapon from which eight or more shots or bullets can be discharged by a single function of the firing device, or ammunition for such weapons, and actually engaged in the business of manufacturing such weapons or ammunition, but only with respect to activities which are within the lawful scope of such business, such as the manufacture, transportation, or testing of such weapons or ammunition.  This exemption does not authorize the general private possession of any weapon from which eight or more shots or bullets can be discharged by a single function of the firing device but only such possession and activities as are within the lawful scope of a licensed manufacturing business described in this division (5).  During transportation, such weapons shall be broken down in a non-functioning state or not immediately accessible.
      (6)     The manufacture, transport, testing, delivery, transfer or sale, and all lawful commercial or experimental activities necessary thereto, of rifles, shotguns, and  weapons made from rifles or shotguns, or ammunition for such rifles, shotguns or weapons, where engaged in by a person operating as a contractor or subcontractor pursuant to a contract or subcontract for the development and supply of such rifles, shotguns, weapons or ammunition to the United States government or any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, when such activities are necessary and incident to fulfilling the terms of such contract.
         (a)     The exemption granted under this division (6) shall also apply to any authorized agent of any such contractor or subcontractor who is operating within the scope of his employment, where such activities involving such weapon, weapons or ammunition are necessary and incident to fulfilling the terms of such contract.
         (b)     During transportation, any such weapon shall be broken down in a non-functioning state, or not immediately accessible.
   (D)     Section 138.01 (A) (1) does not apply to the purchase, possession, or carrying of a black-jack or slung-shot by a peace officer.
   (E)     Section 138.01 (A) (8) does not apply to any owner, manager, or authorized employee of any place specified in that division or to any law enforcement officer.
   (F)     Section 138.01 (A) (4) or (A) (10) does not apply to members of any club or organization organized for the purpose of practicing shooting at targets upon established target ranges, whether public or private, while using their firearms on those target ranges.
   (G)    Section 138.01(A)(7) and (A)(11) do not apply to:
      (1)     Members of the Armed Services or Reserve Forces of the United States or the Illinois National Guard, while in the performance of their official duty.
      (2)     Bonafide collectors of antique or surplus military ordnance.
      (3)     Laboratories having a department of forensic ballistics, or specializing in the development of ammunition or explosive ordnance.
      (4)     Commerce, preparation, assembly, or possession of explosive bullets by manufacturers of ammunition licensed by the federal government, in connection with the supply of those organizations and persons exempted by division (G)(1), or like organizations and persons outside this state, or the transportation of explosive bullets to any organization or person exempted in this section by a common carrier or by a vehicle owned or leased by an exempted manufacturer.
   (H)     Sections 138.01(A)(4), (A)(7) and (A)(10) do not apply to any person who is a "qualified retired law enforcement officer", as that term is defined 18 U.S.C.A. 926C (Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2003), and who meets and maintains all of the requirements necessary to continue his or her status as a "qualified retired law enforcement officer."
   (I)     Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit, apply to, or affect the transportation, carrying, or possession of any pistol or revolver, stun gun, taser, or other firearm consigned to a common carrier operating under license with the state or the federal government where such transportation, carrying, or possession is incident to the lawful transportation in which the common carrier is engaged.  Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit, apply to, or affect the transportation, carrying, or possession of any pistol, revolver, stun gun, taser, or other firearm, not the subject of and regulated by § 138.01(A)(7) or division (C) of this section,  which is unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by the possessor of a valid firearm owner's identification card.
(Ord. passed - -; amend. Ord. 6994, passed 7-19-83; amend. Ord., passed 8-20-85; amend. Ord. 7208, passed 9-23-86; Am. Ord. 8437, passed 7-5-05)
                   
Statutory reference:
   Similar state law, see ILCS Ch. 720, Act  5, § 24-2