Contributed by Michael Wong
Under Illinois’ concealed carry law, owners of private property that want to prohibit individuals from carrying concealed firearms must post the Illinois State Police approved sign. Even if the property is listed as an area where individuals are prohibited under the law from carrying concealed firearms, the owner of the property must still post the Illinois State Police approved sign.
The Illinois State Police have issued signage that can be used by businesses and property owners to prohibit individuals with licenses under Illinois’ concealed carry law from carrying concealed firearms on their property. The approved sign must be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of a building, premises, or real property identified by the law or the owner as a prohibited area, unless the building or premises is a private residence/home. While the law is not clear whether the sign must be posted at every entrance to a building, to ensure compliance the business or owner of the property should post the approved sign at all entrances.
The approved sign requires a graphic design that is 4 inches in diameter depicting a handgun in black ink with a circle around it and a diagonal slash across the firearm in red ink. The graphic design must be on a white background with no text or markings within the one-inch area surrounding the graphic design (except for a reference to Illinois Code 430 ILCS 66/1). The approved sign must measure 4 inches x 6 inches. Below is an image of what the approved sign looks like.
Additional information and a template of the approved sign can be found on the Illinois State Police website. (Link to PDF of Illinois State Police Approved Sign).
Even though the earliest an individual may apply for a license to carry a concealed weapon is January 5, 2014, all businesses should be considering whether they are going to allow concealed firearms in the workplace. Regardless of the decision, employers will want to make changes to their policies and handbooks to reflect the decision. Additionally, if the business decides to prohibit all individuals from carrying concealed firearms on the premises, it must obtain and post the approved signage.