“Concealed Carry” is now the law in Illinois. A resident who has the proper licenses can purchase a handgun, conceal it in a purse or on his or her person and carry it into many places around the state.
Illinois law bans people, even those with licenses, from carrying concealed handguns into many specified areas, such as elementary and secondary schools, courtrooms, buses and trains, public playgrounds, public libraries and museums.
The law also allows the owner of private property of any type to prohibit people from bringing a concealed firearm onto his or her property. Except in the case of a private residence, the owner must provide notice of that ban by posting a copy of the sign approved by the Illinois State Police at the entrance of the building. The sign, which looks like this. must be 4 X 6 inches in size and be in color.
Residents may have noticed these signs on the doors of City buildings and perhaps of other businesses and organizations as well. The RoundTable has one on its door. The sign may be printed from a link on the website of the Illinois State Police, htps://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/sinage.aspx. We also have a limited number of copies available at our office. Any business owner may pick up one for his or her own use at our office – we will not be mailing them out. They are free for the asking, as long as supplies last.
Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department said for business-owners, the posted sign advises those who have concealed-carry licenses that they may not enter the establishment with the weapon, but there are other places where they are banned by state law. It is up to the holder of a concealed-carry license to know the places they cannot carry their guns, he said. A person with a concealed-carry license who violates the law by entering a prohibited establishment could have his or her license suspended or revoked, said Cmdr. Parrott. But someone has to alert the police of the violation.
Posting these notices may seem like spitting into the wind, given the Supreme Court’s rulings and the current state law. We think, nonetheless, that it is more than a mere gesture and that posting such signs has merit for several reasons.
First, it will keep guns out of many businesses, potentially protecting both customers, clients, employees and owners from gunfire. Second, it may keep some guns off the street entirely. If people know they cannot bring their concealed weapons to places where they plan to transact business, shop or dine or find entertainment, they may decide to leave their guns at home. Third, posting these signs does, to us anyway, represent a stand against guns and the violence that accompanies them.
In this culture of violence, every little bit helps.