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Illinois Laws Relating to Workplace Violence

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on August 10, 2013.

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A summary of Illinois laws relating to weapons and conduct that impact workplace violence.

In Illinois, a person may not possess a firearm or firearm ammunition without having in his or her possession a Firearm Owner's Identification Card.

Nonresidents whose firearms are unloaded and enclosed in a case and nonresidents who are currently licensed or registered to possess a firearm in their resident state are exceptions to this rule.

The provisions of any ordinance enacted by any municipality that requires registration or imposes greater restrictions or limitations on the acquisition, possession or transfer of firearms than are imposed by this statute, are not invalidated by this statute.

Firearm Concealed Carry Act. It is unlawful to carry a concealed weapon without a license to carry a concealed weapon.

A licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm into the parking area of a prohibited location is permitted to carry a concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle into the parking area and may store a firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the vehicle in the parking area.

A licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicle's trunk, provided the licensee ensures the concealed firearm is unloaded prior to exiting the vehicle. "Case" includes a glove compartment or console that completely encloses the concealed firearm or ammunition, the trunk of the vehicle, or a firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container.

Posting requirements. Effective July 9, 2013, signs stating that the carrying of firearms is prohibited must be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of a building, premises, or real property specified as a prohibited area, unless the building or premises is a private residence. Signs must be of a uniform design and 4 inches by 6 inches in size. The Department of State Police is responsible for adopting rules for the standardized signs to be used.

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