As the State of Illinois gradually begins issuing concealed carry permits to the estimated 50,000 residents who’ve already submitted applications, many, including the general public, have been left wondering where a person can and cannot carry a concealed firearm.
Where is Concealed Carry Prohibited in Chicago IL?
As expected, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in many buildings and properties. And while this is something that is covered extensively in most Illinois concealed carry classes, it’s understandable that those who have not followed the news closely, or taken classes themselves, are bound to be curious as to where guns can be carried in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Let’s take a look at some of the places where carrying a firearm is prohibited:
Schools and Child Care Centers
Many gun-owning parents are not crazy about this one, as it’s understandably the place where they want the right to protect their children. Regardless, it will remain illegal to carry a concealed firearm in the vicinity of schools, day care centers, child care facilities, college campuses and on the property of other learning institutions.
Government Buildings and Courthouses
This one is all too obvious, though we’re guessing that a large spectrum of revenge-minded and anti-establishment types have their own opinions on the matter. Be that as it may, if you’re going to court, entering a government facility (post offices, secretary of state, library, social security offices, etc.), you’ll need to leave you piece at home, as concealed carry is not allowed here.
Hospitals and Nursing Homes
We’re not quite sure what the motive is here; perhaps you might not be happy with the care you’re loved one is receiving at their nursing home, or maybe you have issues with a recent diagnosis and want to scare the doc into a more favorable second opinion? Whatever the reasoning, all you need to remember is that concealed firearms may not be brought into places where medical, hospice or nursing services are performed.
Buses, Trains and Public Transit Facilities
Yeah, this is probably a good idea… especially when you consider what a mad rush the world has found itself in. The last thing any bus driver or train conductor needs, is someone who’s armed, in a hurry, and on the business-end of a really, really bad day. So if you’re planning on taking a bus or train to your stated destination, you’ll have to do so without the protection of your firearm.
This, of course, is an incomplete list of no-carry locations. If you’d like to know more about where concealed firearms can and can’t be carried legally, our first suggestion would be to get signed up for one of our upcoming IL concealed carry classes. If you’re simply looking for information or would like to know more detail about the process of applying for your CCL permit in Illinois, give us a call or e-mail us directly.