Concealed Carry Laws
Concealed Carry Laws

A Few large employers in the suburbs, county governments may ban their employees from carrying concealed weapons in public, despite a new state law authorizing the right for citizens to carry it.

Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Lake are considering policies restricting non-law enforcement employees from carrying concealed handguns while on duty outside of public buildings, even if they have a valid state permit. Officials say they are concerned employees packing guns increases the counties’ risk and liability.

Such a ban would include building inspectors, health workers, planning and zoning officials, coroner’s office employees, and any other employees who interact with the public.

The state’s concealed carry law allows no one except law enforcement officials to bring concealed weapons into public buildings, including courthouses and municipal buildings.

Illinois State Police reported nearly 10,000 people in the Chicago area have applied for concealed carry permits since Jan. 5, when applications became available under the new law. Of the more than 23,000 applications statewide, Cook County received more concealed carry license applications than DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Kane counties combined. State police have 90 days to approve or reject applications.

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