This is a discussion on Illinois CCW within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by OneGunTX Below is the list of the 23 categories of places you cannot carry in IL. Even though I live in Houston, ...
Been carrying since Day 1 and very few places I go are marked. Post Office is about it. BTW as per the law, you don't have to store your gun in a lockbox in your vehicle. It just has to be concealed in a locked car or in a locked container in an unlocked car. You don't have to unload it and lock it up in your trunk. And your car in the parking lot is a safe haven to store in most places. Nuke plants and military bases are a No-No. The supreme court ruled that the glove compartment and center consoles are approved containers. Is it wise to leave a gun there is your decision to make.
I know little on the subject so I'll speak at length.
If you have an excuse for failure, you will.
I got a non-res IL permit because I drive back to St. Louis from Richmond from time to time. I just wanted to be legal when passing through and even staying overnight. But even though I was born in IL and have a lot of relatives there, I stay out of it as much as I can.
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I don't live in IL, but do have a suggestion for avoiding the Post Office. Use a private pack and ship store. They usually handle US mail as well as private services.
There is one near me that is closer than the PO, has a shorter line, and is not posted as a gun free zone. They charge a little more than the PO, but are worth it.
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I carry most anywhere, never post offices or big street events I.e. Taste of Chicago. My summer carry is pocket with a G43 6 shot 9mm In the cold, jacket weather, my Kahr 40
I've grown so comfortable carrying that I don't even realize I have it on me most of the time. If I were to accidentally carry into a prohibited place, it certainly wouldn't be "knowingly"...
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I live in OH, not Il but am in a similar boat. My lifestyle makes carrying all but impossible.
When Iím in OH, I work from home. When I leave my home it is usually to do one of two things:
1. Go to a school event @ my kids school - No carry.
2. Go on a work trip (by air) - No carry.
My work has me traveling internationally constantly. So unfortunately for my family and I, the windows where I CAN carry are very limited. Even within those windows, I would not knowingly violate signs. I see gun rights as an extension of my property rights, and likewise respect the property rights and wishes of private business / property owners not to be patronized by myself or my family.
That said, I DO wish that Ohio took away force of law from the signs. Iím always affraid that one day I walk into a door of a mall or something that has signage on another door I didntí see, I end up printing and get slapped with a felony tresspass by an overzealous judge over what amounts to an unintentional oversight.
An acquaintance who helped do some work on our house has a ccp. Just seeing that was enough to cause me to start the process. I'd hesitated for a few years. The reason he got his was so that he could carry legally in his vehicle. He had his wife do the same. Without any children, they can now legally carry and secure loaded weapons in the car. The danger we all have to consider is locking our loaded firearm in the car and going into a restricted store and leaving someone without a permit in that car. They would then be highly illegal if for some reason police became involved.
My wife does not have a permit. So, If I must leave her and the firearm in the car together, I must then unload. On those days, I like to carry a small revolver so that I don't have to rack a slide each time which adds a bit to the risk of overhandling our firearms.
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It's not a felony on private property, only a 4th degree misdemeanor. The law requires the signs be posted conspicuously and they would have to prove you "knowingly" ignored that sign. If the entrance isn't posted, you haven't broken the law.That said, I DO wish that Ohio took away force of law from the signs. Iím always affraid that one day I walk into a door of a mall or something that has signage on another door I didntí see, I end up printing and get slapped with a felony tresspass by an overzealous judge over what amounts to an unintentional oversight.