In just six days concealed carry will become law in Illinois whether Governor Pat Quinn signs a recent compromise bill or not. That compromise cleared the General Assembly last week. Months ago, a federal court ruled Illinois' concealed carry ban was unconstitutional. The ruling gave Illinois until June 9th to come up with some sort of framework.
There are some places you will not be allowed to have a gun like a school, bar or government building. But other places it might be an option. Restaurants, grocery stores, clothing shops, could all be places where you might see someone carrying a firearm unless owners decide otherwise.
"What I could do here at NITE Equipment is say you can't bring a gun in here but my parking lot would have to be exempted. That being said so a person could secure their firearm inside the vehicle," says Representative Jim Sacia.
Representative Sacia was one of the sponsors of the concealed carry bill. In it, parking lots would remain a kind of neutral zone where guns could be left if a store posts a clear sign banning weapons. Sacia says guns with permits will be welcome at his business in Pecatonia. While others say they will not ban them but hope customers shop without one.
"I wouldn't go as far as to post a sign for that. I would just hope in a place like this no one would feel the need to carry a weapon," says Skyler Davis, owner of Culture Shock.
Some of the stores in Rockford's Edgebrook Shopping Center say there will be no signs because they don't expect problems.
"I consider it a non-issue. The other 49 states have been doing it for quite some time and I go shopping in other states and I don't see signs posted anywhere," says Cheryl Karney of Annie's Gifts & Home.
"We'll just continue to do business as usual and keep boxing and shipping everyone's packages," says Patty Hinkle, owner of the Postal Shoppe.
There were some local businesses that would not go on camera but say guns will not be allowed in store. One popular attraction that will be asking you to leave your weapons behind, the Rockford City Market says no guns will be part of its rules.
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