Personal Gun Safety

If I don’t want people to carry guns at my home, am I required to post a sign prohibiting it? Gun safety is important to me.

No. This type of notification is only required for businesses.  You have the right to prohibit individuals from carrying firearms into your home.

 

How will I know if someone is carrying a loaded, concealed handgun in my community?

The names of concealed carry licensees are not public, and the law defines a “concealed firearm” as “a loaded or unloaded handgun carried on or about a person completely or mostly concealed from view of the public or on or about a person within a vehicle.”

Based on this information, it would be difficult to determine which individuals are carrying loaded, concealed handguns in your community.

 

What should I do if I have reason to believe that a prohibited person is carrying a loaded, concealed handgun?

If you suspect that a prohibited person is carrying a loaded, concealed handgun in public, you should immediately notify your local law enforcement agency.

Without a valid concealed carry license, carrying a firearm in public is a crime.

 

What should I do if I filed a restraining order against an individual, and I believe that they own a gun or have a concealed carry license? How should I report this information?   

If you feel threatened by anyone with a firearm or have reason to believe that a prohibited person under a restraining order has a gun or a concealed carry license, you should immediately contact your local law enforcement department.  The law requires the State Police to suspend a person’s license or FOID card if he or she becomes subject to a restraining order.

 

If I observe a concealed carry license holder acting irresponsibly with a handgun in public, should I call the authorities?  And, can they revoke their license?  

A concealed carry license holder may not carry a concealed handgun while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In addition, a CCW license holder may not carry a gun openly – the gun must be at least partially concealed.  If you see a person carrying a gun without any attempt to conceal it, or if you see a person carrying a gun while he or she seems intoxicated, you should call the authorities immediately.

The law does not allow the State Police to revoke a CCW license unless the license holder has committed three of more violations of the law.  After the second violation, the State Police can suspend the license for six months, but is not required to.

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