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(a) No person shall have in his possession, carry or use except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) below a cannon, gun, pistol, revolver, stun gun or firearms of any description, a shotgun or rifle which may be used for the explosion of bullets and cartridges or any air gun, BB guns, gas operated gun or spring operated gun, or any instrument, toy or weapon commonly known as a peashooter, slingshot, beany or throwing star, or any knife except as may be specifically hereinafter provided, whether that instrument is called by any name set forth above or by any other name.
(b) Excepted from the prohibition in subsection (a) shall be weapons used:
(1) By a law enforcement officer in necessary performance of his duty.
(2) By a member of a recognized military unit, in the necessary performance of his duty.
(3) Any toy pistol capable of exploding only paper caps containing thirty five (35) grains or less explosive composition, including starter pistols used in sporting or athletic events; and
(4) The discharge of firearms in an indoor shooting range where the walls of the shooting range are adequate to prevent the escape of a bullet or cartridge from the premises.
(c) No person may acquire or possess any firearm or any firearm ammunition without having in his possession a firearm owner's identification card previously issued in his name by the Department of State Police pursuant to the provisions of the Illinois Compiled Statutes. (Ord. 0-88-69, 11-7-88)