Illinois businesses contemplate allowing concealed guns on property

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If you plan on getting a concealed carry license in Illinois, you will be limited on where you can take it. That’s because several businesses are banning weapons from their premises.

One of those businesses is Happy Joe’s in Morrison.

“We cater more toward families and there are a lot of kids in here at most times,” said Manager Lynn Kenady.

“I just don’t think this is a good place for people to be hiding a gun.”

So when she first heard that the Concealed Carry Act passed, she walked across the street to discuss her options with Morrison Police Chief Brian Melton.

Melton directed Kenady to the Illinois State Police website and told her she could print off the sign that shows guns are prohibited. She did. Today, a laminated sign that was printed off of her computer is taped onto the entrance of Happy Joe’s. It sits just below the no smoking sign.

Melton told News 8 he has spoken with several businesses in Morrison about the topic. After hearing some of their concerns, the city ordered 250 4 by 6 inch signs that show guns are prohibited.

“I had a couple of businesses that kind of inspired me to make these available,” Melton said.

He just received the signs from the Illinois State Police yesterday. In the next few weeks he plans on talking with different businesses owners about their options.

Some facilities don’t have a choice on whether they can allow those with guns on their premises. Schools, state and local government buildings, and business that hold a liquor license are required to ban guns.

But some businesses who can allow customers to carry are still considering their options.

“I’m not quite sure if we are going to put these up (signs), but it was a nice service that the police department offered,” said Jennifer Black, Vice-President of the Super Wash Franchise.

Super Wash is located in several states around the country. Black says they allow people to carry on their business property, and have yet to encounter an issue. She did say she will have her business’s attorneys investigate the law.

But for Happy Joe’s in Morrison, it’s clear – no guns allowed.

“When the weather gets warmer I will have my sign guy go ahead and paint it on just like we have the no smoking sign,” Kenady said. “It will be permanent on our window.”


  • Dave Mayfield

    In this story you said..

    “you will be limited on where you can take it”

    I disagree, here is how I and Thousands of other LAW ABIDING gun owner’s see it. We will not be limited on where we can carry our guns, the business’s that do not allow us to carry will be limiting the number of people they can sell to, because we will NOT do ANY business with ANY business’s that seeks to take away our LEGAL RIGHT TO CARRY.


  • Jack

    Such odd responses! I’d much rather go into a business knowing they don’t allow guns. Who would want to go into a restaurant or other business knowing that somebody with a gun may be in there?

    • JMHO

      Jack, did it ever occur to you that this has already happened way more times than you know about? That’s because law abiding citizens keep their firearms concealed, and will only use them to protect themselves, and possibly other people like you! Go ahead and be a sheep, Jack. Us sheepdogs know the wolf is out there. We refuse to be victims, like sheep.

      • Jack

        I’m sure it happens all the time. Everybody is a “Law abiding Citizen” until that first time they snap. I’d just rather not be around when they do. And that’s not being paranoid. Being paranoid would be me thinking I have to carry a gun around with me everywhere I go.

    • Mike

      Jack, I think you are projecting. Just because you feel that you don’t have the ability to refrain from snapping doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t. We drive 2 ton projectiles very day, we pass people crossing the street, any driver could “snap” and mow over a bunch of people, but we don’t. Tell you what, someone who’s unhinged enough to throw their life away by pulling a gun on people in a restaurant isn’t going to worry about a stupid sign on the door, they will carry in anyway and now they know that there won’t be anyone in the place to stop them. You are a naive fool if you believe that sign will make you safe.

    • H.D. Nelson

      Jack, it’s not odd at all. With the state already limiting the number of places we can legally carry, the people who would want to rob or hurt you will know exactly where to go where they can be sure NO one is armed to keep them from their easy targets. As many others have already stated, I will not patronize any business that would try to prohibit me from exercising my constitutional right to Keep and Bear Arms. You do as you please.

    • Just Saying

      Odds are that someone with a gun will be in there with or without the sign – problem is, with the sign there, the person with a gun is the bad guy, and he’ll be the only one with a gun, too.

  • Pete S

    “…and business that hold a liquor license are required to ban guns.” NO, they’re not, unless over 50% of their income is from the sale of liquor. Go ahead, spread more lies and misinformation. Illinois is the last state to allows citizens to exercise their rights. The other 49 don’t have the problems these people are imagining. A 4″ X 6″ piece of paper does not a magical force field make. Those that intend to harm others with a gun don’t carry about permits, signs, or laws. “We cater more toward families and there are a lot of kids in here at most times,” – Maybe you should allows those families to protect those kids, in the event something should ever happen.

    • JMHO

      Pete- Isn’t it amazing how someone can give a response like that? It’s like they believe concealed carry holders walked around waving their firearms in the air and acting recklessly! Who’s going to protect those kids if a bad guy(s) show up in your restaurant? Clue: It won’t be the law abiding people you just banned from your store! No more Happy Joe’s for me and my family.

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    • Sam sodaro

      want I over what I Said Think about it if a business puts up a sign even though I do not carry one who is going to protect us because the Outlaws will bring There guns in anyway

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