State of Illinois Expandable Baton Law
by Eliezer Eisenberg
I was just at Shore Galleries in Lincolnwood, Illinois, looking for a baton, and the guy said he couldn't sell one to me, he barely allowed me to hold one. I have a FOID, he didn't care. I said, you can sell me a 45, and you can't sell me a sixteen inch long stick??? He said that he can't sell one to me under state law and under their contract with their supplier, unless I was a member of the police force. So I checked the statutes.
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 other 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, other weapon of like character, or other 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 is either telescopic or constructed of a solid piece of wood or other man-made material.
As a former practicing attorney, let me tell you what that means. It means that carrying one in the street is fine, unless you're carrying it with intent to use unlawfully. This is, of course, impossible to prove, unless you bash an innocent bystander with it.
BUT! If you're in a building that has a government office in it, then merely carrying one is a felony.
All this doesn't matter. Shore won't sell one to me, I have to get it online.