Business owners concerned about the new law allowing concealed weapons in Illinois got a few answers Thursday, but learned there are far more questions that will only be answered with time and court rulings.
Business property owners in Chicago can opt out of the law, forbidding even people with concealed carry permits to bring guns into their establishments. And more than 20 types of businesses and facilities can never have firearms on the premises, such as bars, stadiums and property owned by the City of Chicago.
But exactly what liabilities could a business owner face if someone is hurt or killed with a concealed gun that was carried legally? What responsibility do business or property owners have to make sure guns aren’t carried into a business if they post the sign banning weapons?
“Our neighborhood is typically supportive of gun control, which is why all of you are scratching your heads wondering why you are here,’’ said State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), one of the hosts of a panel discussion Thursday on the new law. “We won’t know a lot of things until we live with the law and remediate the law because of things we discover along the way.’’ Read more »