Concealed Carry and Work

Are people allowed to carry guns where I work?  What can I do if I don’t want people to carry guns where I work?

CCW license holders may be allowed to carry concealed handguns in your workplace, depending on the type of business, and whether there is a properly posted sign prohibiting guns.  Guns are also allowed if they are hidden in parked vehicles.  Let your employer know your concerns if there is not sign prohibiting guns where you work.


Do I have to allow employees that are concealed carry license holders to carry loaded, concealed guns at work?

The law only requires employers to allow guns if they are hidden in locked vehicles. Employers may prohibit guns in other areas as long as the owner of the property agrees and the sign is posted.


If I choose to prohibit my employees from carrying guns to work, what are my legal requirements?

If you are the owner of the property, the concealed carry law requires you to post a standardized notice prohibiting firearms that is consistent with the Illinois State Police standard requirements that can be found here.

If you are not the owner of the property where your business is located, it is recommended that you first work to establish an agreement with your landlord and then seek legal advice from an attorney as the courts have not fully addressed whether these decisions are, indeed, entirely dependent on the property owner. (See answer to “Who has the legal authority to prohibit firearms?”)

It should be noted that, while the statute specifically addresses the posting requirements, it does not address the manner in which you communicate or enforce this policy.  In that regard, it is recommended that you consult your attorney or ensure that the policy is implemented in a manner consistent with all other employee requirements.

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