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Will Highland Park Businesses Ban Guns?

Business owners and landlords have the right to prevent holders of conceal carry permits from carrying firearms into a private business.

This is the sign a business must display to let holders of conceal carry permits they cannot bring firearms inside.
This is the sign a business must display to let holders of conceal carry permits they cannot bring firearms inside.

With Illinois citizens 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 four inches tall, six 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 four by six 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. For a complete list click here.

Both state Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and state Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood), who voted against the bill because it was not sufficiently restrictive, are encouraging people to take a look at their rights under the new law.

“People need to be aware of laws that allow people to keep guns,” Drury said. “They need to take appropriate steps to comply with the law and keep their premises gun free.”

Morrison, who like Drury encourages people to study the new law, is taking steps to educate the business community. She will host a meeting with the Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Deerfield Village Hall where business owners and operators can learn more. She knows there is some uncertainty.

“As I understand it, a property owner who doesn’t want guns can put up a sign,” Morrison said. “If he doesn’t take action the decision can be made by the shopkeeper.”

Both Drury and Morrison want more specific legislation on the point. Drury anticipates the Illinois General Assembly will take action. “I agree,” Morrison said “I think there will be a lot of legislation under this 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 their 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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Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Stuart, Okay, do not pay your property taxes and watch it get auctioned off. The attorneys of this area have made it the most litigious area in the mid-west... you guys sue over everything and I am sure that if you did not hire somebody because they are a gun owner... you would end up in court.
Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Scott, would you shoot a Cop that came onto your property? How do you know he is really a Cop? The non-sense of non gun owners is really amusing...BTW, TWENTY THOUSAND CCW APPLICATIONS IN JUST TWO DAYS!
Highlands HP'er January 06, 2014 at 04:16 PM
Dan, this is the reason cops must announce themselves. Its part of the danger of no knock warrants. However, a plumber in your house with a gun is not the same as a police officer. If a man entered my house with a weapon not telling me and I saw it, I guarantee I'd go for my Gun and call the police. If he drew that gun on me, I most certainly would defend myself. We've actually had burglaries in the area with burglars posing as work-men.
Highlands HP'er January 06, 2014 at 04:18 PM
I think the concealed carry laws will result in a lot of "misunderstandings".
Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Scott, Thank you, burglaries... in Highland Park. Hmmm So much for a crime free area, with no need for guns in the house and on your person.
Walter White January 06, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Already have, Scott. Just google it. It's happening all over the country. "2 Concealed Carry Holders Kill Each Other In Road Rage Incident" is my favorite. Morons.
Highlands HP'er January 06, 2014 at 04:24 PM
I've never said anything against someone having a gun in their home. In fact, I think one's property is sacred and you have the right to defend yourself in it. As said before, I am against concealment and against complete deregulation. Nuance.... again Nuance.
Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 04:26 PM
Road Rage in Walters Shop... oh my!
Highlands HP'er January 06, 2014 at 04:35 PM
Walter- oh i'm sure of it. There's the infamous story in Belfast where the local police got in to a shoot out with soldiers who were running training exercises in the area. The local undercover police saw the non-uniformed soldiers gassing up their car with weapons and thought they were IRA and got in to a shoot out with them. We have CPD shooting people for picking up cell phones..... these people are the ones who are supposed to be trained for this.
Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 04:39 PM
LMAO... Cops shoot people and you want to blame CCW License holders...Lord help us.
Walter White January 06, 2014 at 04:45 PM
And yet they are so happy they "WON." The only ones that win are the ones that somehow keep from getting shot.
Highlands HP'er January 06, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Cops receive extensive training and are held to strict standards. Even then, I generally try to stay as far away from Chicago police as humanly possible. At least I can tell who they are. The requirements for CCW? A pulse, 16 hours of training, and no criminal background.
Walter White January 06, 2014 at 04:46 PM
And BTW if this makes the police more vigilant when they stop someone or approach someone, then so be it. They really now have to assume that EVERYONE has a gun. Sucks for the real gun holders.
Walter White January 06, 2014 at 04:48 PM
And don't forget hitting 70% of the targets you aim at. Real stringent requirements!
Walter White January 06, 2014 at 04:56 PM
BTW you CCW holders, google "concealed carry traffic stop" and see the dangers of CCW while driving. Police reaction to a gun in the vehicle varies widely. What do some cops do as soon as they hear the word "GUN?" If you don't identify early and get those hand up on the wheel you could very likely have 2 guns pointed at you. But hey, you WON! Enjoy that!
Highlands HP'er January 06, 2014 at 04:58 PM
I'm sure if you can hit a stationary target 7 out of 10 times at a distance of 5, 7, and 10 yards you're more than ready to shoot criminals in crowded malls that are moving in high stress situations without hitting innocent bystanders.
Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 05:05 PM
I drive around with NRA Stickers and Support Conceal Carry Stickrs on my vehicles... The Police wave and give me a smile and thumbs up, so much for your idea! Every Sheriff in Illinois, other than Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart...supports CCW.
Walter White January 06, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Do they wave and give you a smile when you get pulled over? Haven't been pulled over yet? Get ready for the fun to start. BTW the info on traffic stops is from concealedcarry.org so you can't pretend it's not an issue like you do with everything else.
Walter White January 06, 2014 at 05:12 PM
In fact there are police forums out there with police asking the question "how should I conduct a traffic stop?" Yeah, that's what you want, police going to the internet to determine how to pull you over.
Walter White January 06, 2014 at 05:20 PM
From my friend the former Special Forces/SWAT officer: "When your life may be in danger you don't wave and smile, I can guarantee you that." LOL.
Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Walter White, any Cop that does not assume that every person they pull over has a gun...then they are not prperly trained. I do not get pulled over, because I am a safe driver.
Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Walter, your right, I'll shoot the bad guy dead.
Walter White January 06, 2014 at 05:24 PM
And so will cops, only it may be a little harder to determine who the bad guys are now.
Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Walter, it always has been.
The Q January 06, 2014 at 06:32 PM
BREAKING NEWS: Chicago's gun ordinance ruled unconstitutional by federal judge A federal judge today declared Chicago’s ordinance banning the sale of firearms in the city unconstitutional, the latest legal blow to the city, which has lost a series of court challenges by the National Rifle Association.......Highland Park is next.
Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 06:34 PM
The Q, Thank you for the fantastic news! I was just posting earlier today, that you are the foremost authority and you proved me right again!
The Q January 06, 2014 at 06:35 PM
its all wins Dan......Freedom will ring in HP one day. Hell is freezing over so that day is not too far off.
Dan Cox January 06, 2014 at 06:49 PM
The Q, well said! I posted your good news!
AK January 06, 2014 at 11:31 PM
After posting all day deranged Walter must be really upset with the news. I sense he shorted swhc in ideological trade... on margin... couple years ago. Lets hope his water main is not going to pop as a bad karma and he won't have to get a job.
Andrew Green January 31, 2014 at 06:41 AM
20 American kids are injured each day by gunfire. http://www.ibtimes.com/gunshot-wounds-hospitalize-20-us-children-every-day-study-underlines-toll-gun-related-injuries

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