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Concealed Carry Signs Mean Options for Businesses
Just because concealed carry is now law in the Land of Lincoln, doesn't mean you'll be able to take your gun everywhere and into every business. Soon, you'll be seeing signs in the windows of some businesses banning concealed carry.
Illinois State Police officials have released a sign for business owners
to post in their windows. The state passed concealed carry legislation
back in July of this year.
The signs are for establishments that don't want to allow firearms into the building. We sat down with some area businesses to see what they thought about the new signs and if they plan to use them.
Owners of two local restaurants say they don't plan to use the signs and doubt it will affect their business.
"That environment of a restaurant's probably not going to change. It's going to be just the same," said Mark Burris, who owns Subway restaurants. "I think I'd be a lot more worried at a bar at 1:00 in the morning, whether somebody's carrying when they're under the influence of drugs and alcohol and make a poor decision, but I don't think, in a restaurant, it really makes any difference."
"I don't think the fact that it's a family restaurant really interferes with it," said the owner of Fulgenzi's Pizza and Pasta, John Fulgenzi. "They're going to be doing it everywhere and families are everywhere, so the point of it is, I think, it's safer."
The owners argue that those who choose to illegally carry weapons, will still choose to do so.
"A sign, I really don't think, is going to do any good. If they want to carry a gun, how are you going to know whether they have one or not? I'm sure not going to search them, so I don't see the point of putting up a sign of something you can't enforce," said Burris.
"The thing of it is, I'd rather have somebody that's legal carrying a gun, than somebody that's not legal. And I can't control the illegal ones, but I can control the legal ones," said Fulgenzi.
Burris compares the sign to a poorly enforced rule in many stores,
"It's like putting up a sign, 'no talking on your cell phone,'" he said. "Are you really going to have that conversation with somebody? So I don't think it's a wise thing to put up a sign."
The sign may be more frequently used by business owners of other types of establishments, such as movie theaters and clothing stores.
According to state law, anyone who owns private property can prohibit individuals from carrying a concealed weapon on their person. However, the sign is not valid at residences.
The applications for concealed carry permits will be available as early as Jan. 5, 2014.