Concealed Carry and Restaurants
Can concealed carry license holders bring guns to local bars and restaurants where alcohol is served?
The Illinois Concealed Carry Law strictly prohibits firearms in bars and in restaurants where more than 50% of all sales are alcohol. For those with sales less than 50% alcohol, the property owner may allow clients to carry firearms if they choose.
Are there restrictions on allowing individuals to carry loaded, concealed guns at a business that serves alcohol?
The Illinois CCL strictly prohibits firearms in bars and in restaurants where more than 50% of all sales are from alcohol. Such businesses are required to post the following sign. For those with sales less than 50% from alcohol, the property owner may allow clients to carry firearms, or may choose to prohibit the carrying of firearms on the premises. If a business of this type chooses to prohibit carrying, it must also post the sign described above.
If I allow customers to carry guns, and one of them becomes intoxicated and later commits a shooting, what is my liability as a business?
It is illegal to carry a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a result, a business owner should instruct employees that, if they see someone carrying a gun who is intoxicated, or someone openly carrying a gun, they should call the authorities immediately.
The legal implications of your business decisions in this regard should not be taken lightly. It is best to seek an attorney to discuss the specific needs and concerns of your business, as it is unwise to determine how to safeguard your business from liability without a comprehensive knowledge of the law.