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David Olshansky

Unlawful Use or Possession of Weapons by Felons

Under Illinois Statute 720 Ilcs 5/24-1.1

It is a Class 3 Felony punishable by 2 to 10 years in the penitentiary for a person to knowingly possess on or about his person or on his land or in his own abode or fixed place of business any weapon prohibited under the Unlawful use of Weapons laws or any firearm or any firearm ammunition if the person has been convicted of a felony under the laws of this State or any other jurisdiction.

It can be a Class 2 Felony punishable by 3 to 14 years in the state penitentiary if isis: a second or subsequent violation; a violation by a person not confined in a penal institution who has been convicted of a forcible felony, a felony violation of any Unlawful use of Weapons violations or of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, stalking or aggravated stalking, or a Class 2 or greater felony under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, the Cannabis Control Act, or the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act; or, a violation by a person who is on parole or mandatory supervised release.

It is a Class X Felony punishable by 6 to 30 years in the state penitentiary when the firearm possessed is a machine gun.