Q: I was thinking of buying a collapsible baton to keep in my car, what's my legality with it, I live in central illinois
I'm around 18-20 so I cant do concealed carry and I want something for safety in my car. I can get p.spray but I'd rather that a last resort if none of this works out, but also if I cant use the collapsible are there similar alternatives
You are not permitted to possess a collapsable baton per Illinois States as follows:
Sec. 24-1. Unlawful use of weapons.
(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:
(2) Carries or possesses with intent to use unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto, broken bottle or another piece of glass, stun gun or taser or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character;
(13) Carries or possesses on or about his or her person while in a building occupied by a unit of government, a billy club, another weapon of like character, or another instrument of like character intended for use as a weapon. For the purposes of this Section, “billy club” means a short stick or club commonly carried by police officers which are either telescopic or constructed of a solid piece of wood or other man-made material.
So, it is the actual intent to use and circumstances that may get you criminally charged.
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