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No guns allowed!

Concealed carry signs are available

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:15 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 5:35 p.m. CST

Concealed carry “no guns” signage is available for not just the official prohibited places, but also for private businesses or homeowners.

Princeton Police Chief Tom Root said he strongly recommends the use of “no guns” signs even at those places which are already clearly defined as places where carrying a weapon onto the premises is prohibited, such as schools, public playgrounds and government buildings. As far as the places not included in the prohibited list, like private businesses and homes, it’s up to the individual owner whether or not to display the sign, Root said.

Root said he’s a strong proponent of using the “no guns” signs. If the signs are posted, it’s very clear that guns cannot be brought onto the property. The signs can be downloaded through the Illinois State Police website. The Princeton Police Department does not have the signs available.

On Monday, Spring Valley Police Chief Kevin Sangston confirmed residents can pick-up “no guns” stickers at his police department, free of charge.

While the department has now provided most Spring Valley agencies and churches with the new stickers, many of the business owners in town got the new signs when they first became available earlier this year, Sangston said.

As approved by the Illinois State Police, the new sign has a white background; a depiction of a handgun in black ink with a circle around it and a diagonal slash across the firearm in red ink; and no text, except a reference to the Illinois Code 430 ILCS 66/1. The sign in its entirety measures 4 inches by 6 inches.

On July 9, 2013, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act became state law in Illinois, making Illinois the 50th state in the country to pass conceal carry legislation.

According to the Illinois State Police website, a “concealed firearm” is defined, in relevant part, as a loaded or unloaded handgun. “Handgun” is defined as any device which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas, or escape of gas that is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand.

“Handgun” does not include a stun gun or taser; a machine gun as defined in Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012; a short-barreled rifle or shotgun as defined the Criminal Code of 2012; or any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, or B-B gun.

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