REALTORS® and Illinois’ new concealed carry law

IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek

Earlier this year, Illinois became the final state to pass a Firearm Concealed Carry Act. In a recent D.R. Legal News article, Illinois Association of REALTORS® Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek covered what Illinois REALTORS® need to know in terms of the new law and how it may impact their brokerage offices.

From his article:

The concealed carry law in Illinois is already in effect but the right to carry concealed firearms was delayed to allow the Illinois State Police six months to adopt rules and to allow for training and obtaining permits for concealed carry. There are issues that you will need to consider in connection with this new legislation. One consideration for you in the operation of your business is whether you will allow concealed carry in your office or offices. The statute is clear that if you own the property in which your office is located that you can prohibit concealed carry in your office. It is not clear from the statute that a lessee can prohibit concealed carry within their office.

If you are a lessee of the building in which your office is located and want to prohibit concealed carry you should post the required signage at the entrance to your building or office space. If someone wants to question your authority to post such a sign that would be an issue that would then need to be dealt with at a later date. Also, you may want to have a discussion with your sponsored licensees as regards their discussing this issue with the owners of properties listed with your company.

The question will be whether the owner prohibits or allows concealed carry on the property they own. A form of sign has been published which indicates that an owner of property does not permit concealed carry on their property. Although residential owners do not need to post such a sign they may choose to do so just to inform third parties that you may be showing through the property. Also, you may want to consider including a note or a comment on the multiple listing service information indicating whether concealed carry is permitted.

Illinois State Police Concealed Carry FAQ | Concealed Carry Prohibited Area Sign

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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.