Let’s say you live in Batavia and you go through all this to get your concealed carry permit:
The licensee has to be 21 years old, submit fingerprints, undergo a comprehensive criminal background check, submit a recent color head-and-shoulder photo and submit evidence that he or she has completed 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction.
In addition to the fees of course, yet what’s the point of going through all that if you can’t carry in the following places:
Prohibited Areas (Section 65)
A licensee shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into any building, real property, and parking area under the control of:
1. A public or private elementary or secondary school.
2. A pre-school or child care facility, including any room or portion of a building under the control of a pre-school or child care facility.
3. An office of the executive or legislative branch of government, except licensees may carry a concealed firearm onto the real property, bikeway, or trail in a park regulated by the Department of Natural Resources or any other designated public hunting area or building where firearm possession is permitted.
4. An adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison or jail.
5. A public or private hospital or hospital affiliate, mental health facility or nursing home.
6. An establishment that serves alcohol on its premises, if more than 50% of the establishment’s gross receipts within the prior three months is from the sale of alcohol.
7. A gaming facility licensed under the Riverboat Gambling Act or the Illinois Horse Racing Act of 1975 including an inter-track wagering location licensee.
A licensee shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into any:
8. Public library, airport, amusement park, zoo or museum.
9. Public playground, public park, athletic area, or athletic facility under the control of a park district.
10. Cook County Forest Preserve District property.
11. Building, classroom, athletic venue, entertainment venue, parking area, common area, etc. of an public or private community college, college, or university.
12. Circuit Court, Appellate Court or Supreme Court buildings.
13. Buildings under the control of local government.
14. Special events or public gatherings conducted on property open to the public and requires the issuance of a permit from unit of local government.
15. Stadium, arena or real property under the control of a stadium or arena.
16. Bus, train or other form of public transportation or any real property under the control of a public transportation facilit
17. Any real property owned or controlled by a nuclear energy, storage, weapons, or development site.
18. Any area where firearms are prohibited by federal law.
19. Any building or real property that has been issued a special event or special use permit during the time designated for the sale of alcohol at that location.
Great, so I suppose the criminals will not carry their guns in those places, right? What’s the point of a concealed carry permit if you can’t carry? This is why the Statists love Big Government, they can regulate out rights out of existence.
Of course, no city is perfect. Here in Chattanooga I can’t carry at the movies, the shopping mall, and even a small area outside the Aquarium has that hateful gun-free zone.
However, I can carry in a bar and most restaurants (as long as I don’t drink and the bar doesn’t have that hateful anti-gun sticker), and I can leave my gun since there are no gun-free parking lots as far as I know.
Yet do I like it? No. Imagine the outcry if there was a Black-Free Zone, or Jewish-Free Zone, or Gay-Free Zone. The ACLU and the EEOC would be up in arms, no pun intended.
Yet where is the outcry against our Gun-Free Zones? If you agree with me, sign the petition.