IL Prohibited Place Question

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    IL Prohibited Place Question

    I asked a local LEO if he thought it was ok to carry on a local bike trail. He said since it was under the control of the park district, probably not. The trail is not within a park but does pass through a couple parks. Below is the excerpt from the IL law under Prohibited Places

    (13) Any public park, athletic area, or athletic facility under the control of a municipality or park district, provided nothing in this Section shall prohibit a licensee from carrying a concealed firearm while on a trail or bikeway if only a portion of the trail or bikeway includes a public park.

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    Good luck deciphering the convoluted Illinois carry law. I've spoken about the details with both an experienced Illinois State Attorney AND a veteran Illinois State Trooper, and neither...were SURE.
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    In other words...No you can't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcoslow View Post
    I asked a local LEO if he thought it was ok to carry on a local bike trail. He said since it was under the control of the park district, probably not. The trail is not within a park but does pass through a couple parks. Below is the excerpt from the IL law under Prohibited Places

    (13) Any public park, athletic area, or athletic facility under the control of a municipality or park district, provided nothing in this Section shall prohibit a licensee from carrying a concealed firearm while on a trail or bikeway if only a portion of the trail or bikeway includes a public park.
    Sounds to me like you're good to go.
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    My instructor said specifically that if the bike trail is completely contained in a park or forest preserve, then no. If it crosses public streets, then yes.
    That was his interpretation, and he is certified by the Illinois State Police. Good enough for me.
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    My instructor taught the same thing. You are good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 95Bravo View Post
    My instructor said specifically that if the bike trail is completely contained in a park or forest preserve, then no. If it crosses public streets, then yes.
    That was his interpretation, and he is certified by the Illinois State Police. Good enough for me.
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    My instructor taught the same thing. You are good to go.
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    If you're just passing through then you are fine. Some of these bike paths should require law abiding folks to carry at all times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcoslow View Post
    I asked a local LEO if he thought it was ok to carry on a local bike trail. He said since it was under the control of the park district, probably not. The trail is not within a park but does pass through a couple parks. Below is the excerpt from the IL law under Prohibited Places

    (13) Any public park, athletic area, or athletic facility under the control of a municipality or park district, provided nothing in this Section shall prohibit a licensee from carrying a concealed firearm while on a trail or bikeway if only a portion of the trail or bikeway includes a public park.
    Judging from your post, without further research, I'd say your legal.
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    You are fine. One caution. If the bike trail goes through the Cook County Forest Preserve, you may have a problem.
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    Prohibited Places

    dang..........
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    According to my trainer (vet and current LEO) and everything I've read, CCW is banned in parks except on bike paths that extend beyond park boundaries or (and this is the stupid part) if you are crossing the park to get to your home, car or job. So, you can walk across Horner Park to get to your car, but not get to a churro from a vendor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick63 View Post
    According to my trainer (vet and current LEO) and everything I've read, CCW is banned in parks except on bike paths that extend beyond park boundaries or (and this is the stupid part) if you are crossing the park to get to your home, car or job. So, you can walk across Horner Park to get to your car, but not get to a churro from a vendor.
    Thinking that concealed carry is banned in parks is a safe approach. However, if you find yourself out on a walk you can still follow your path/trail through a prohibited park (not a vet, nor a LEO but you can find misinformed in every group of people).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    Good luck deciphering the convoluted Illinois carry law. I've spoken about the details with both an experienced Illinois State Attorney AND a veteran Illinois State Trooper, and neither...were SURE.
    Don't ask state troopers about gun laws, ask 3 of them and you'll get 4 different answers because one will change his mind half way through his answer. It doesn't sound like your states attorney is much better. You're good on the trail the law says.

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    Well I'm trying to avoid situations where I could be wrongly arrested or accused, lose my gun for a month and have to argue with a states attorney.

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