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Illinois businesses can opt out of concealed weapons on property

As Illinois residents apply for a concealed carry licenses for the first time, private businesses are able to opt out of allowing concealed weapons on their property.

According to the Illinois State Police, beginning on Sunday, January 5, 2014 applications for a Concealed Carry License will be available to the public.

According to the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which became state law in July of 2013, there are a number of places that permit holders cannot carry their concealed weapons. Business owners can also opt out; they just have to post a sign indicating that firearms are not allowed on the property. The sign features the silhouette of a gun with a red circle and slash over it. The sign can be downloaded here.

Schools, government buildings or parking areas, jails, hospitals, areas of public transportation, libraries, and zoos are some of the prohibited locations. Section 65 of the act lists all of the prohibited areas.

For a list of qualifications and other information involving applying for a Concealed Carry License – click here.

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