Where can I carry concealed handguns?

The Concealed Carry Law allows licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns to most public places. Locations where guns are not allowed include:

  • Preschools, elementary and secondary schools, and childcare facilities
  • Colleges and Universities and any real property, sidewalks and common areas under the control of a public or private community college, college, or university
  • Playgrounds and public parks
  • Bars (where more than 50% of the revenue is from liquor)
  • State and local government buildings, including those under the control of the executive or legislative branch of the government, local government and courthouses
  • Jails and detention centers
  • Libraries
  • Hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health facilities
  • Stadiums, arenas, and sporting events
  • Riverboats, racetracks, and OTBs
  • Airports
  • Museums, zoos, and amusement parks
  • Public transportation paid for in all or in part with state funds
  • Public gatherings authorized by a local government (e.g. street fairs, festivals, etc.)
  • Nuclear facilities and their parking areas
  • Any private property that is posted with appropriate signage (homeowners do not have to post signs)
  • Cook County Forest Preserve

Except where noted above, firearms may be in a parking lot if they are safely locked in the car or trunk and cannot be seen from outside the vehicle.

Additionally individuals are allowed to carry on a bike path or trail in a park regulated by the Department of Natural Resources or any other designated public hunting area of building where firearm possession is permitted as established under Section 1.8 of the Wildlife Code.

The owner of private property may prohibit firearms on property under his or her control, but, unless the property is residential, the owner must post a sign designed by the State Police.  You can download the approved sign here.


If I don’t want people to carry guns at my home, am I required to post a sign prohibiting it? 

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


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