I'm very well aware of the issue of gun cases and the wildlife code here in Illinois. Or at least I thought I was. I know that at one point the code was rather more restrictive than the UUW. However, in my curiosity, I pulled up the Wildlife code to look at their definition of being in a case. Apparently this code is a 2012 revision, and this is what I found:
(520 ILCS 5/1.2b-1) (from Ch. 61, par. 1.2b-1)
Sec. 1.2b-1. Case. "Case" means any case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or container acceptable under Article 24 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
(Source: P.A. 97-1027, eff. 8-17-12; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)
Ok... wait a minute?!? Article 24? Well, that's mighty familiar. Here is the applicable section:
(4) Carries or possesses in any vehicle or concealed
on or about his person except when on his land or in his own abode, legal dwelling, or fixed place of business, or on the land or in the legal dwelling of another person as an invitee with that person's permission, any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm, except that this subsection (a) (4) does not apply to or affect transportation of weapons that meet one of the following conditions:
(i) are broken down in a non-functioning state; or
(ii) are not immediately accessible; or
(iii) are unloaded and enclosed in a case,
firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card;
The Wildlife Code does still require a gun in a vehicle to be unloaded unless you have a permit to hunt from a vehicle. However, it seems that the "what is a case" question has been harmonized.
Am I missing something???
There is a second question... How does the Wildlife code requirement to be unloaded mate up with a CCW permit?