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Will Wheaton Businesses Ban Guns?

Owners and landlords have the right to prevent holders of concealed-carry permits from carrying firearms into their businesses.

This is the sign a business must display to let holders of concealed-carry permits they cannot bring firearms inside. | Credit: Illinois State Police
This is the sign a business must display to let holders of concealed-carry permits they cannot bring firearms inside. | Credit: Illinois State Police

By Steve Sadin


With Illinois residents now allowed to apply for permits to carry concealed firearms, business and property owners who do not want guns in their place of commerce must follow a series of steps to keep them out.


“Business owners have the ability to post a sign informing permit holders,” Illinois State Police Sgt. Matt Boerwinkle said. “All they have to do is post a sign that is conspicuously displayed. They can print it out online.”


The sign must be 4 inches tall, 6 inches wide and contain a reference to the law in the lower right-hand corner, according to Boerwinkle. Larger signs are allowed at the business’s discretion.


“The Illinois State Police has proposed rules permitting a larger sign if the property owner feels the entrance to their building, premises or real property requires one,” Boerwinkle said. “The 4- by 6-inch sign must be visible somewhere on the larger sign. The rules proposed also permit the larger sign to include additional language.”


The state’s new conceal carry law already prohibits guns in places like schools, school parking lots, bars, stadiums, courts, government buildings, hospitals, mental health facilities, public playgrounds and a number of other places. A complete list of the places is available on this webpage about the act.


Should the holder of a conceal carry permit brings a run into a business or displaying a no gun sign, the person can be charged with a misdemeanor and lose his or her permit, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune. Disobeying the sign at a school or other place specifically prohibited under the law can lead felony charges.


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