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Illinois concealed carry Prohibited Areas

It is important to know what the prohibited areas are in Illinois when carrying your concealed firearm as an Illinois concealed carry licensee. As of January 2018 there are 23 prohibited areas. I have included them in this article in order to provide you with a quick reference on where you can and can’t carry your firearm. These were all taken out of the Illinois Concealed Carry Act 430 ILCS 66/65.

Remember as a licensee you shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into any of these areas or properties. A licensee in violation of this Act shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation is a Class A misdemeanor. The Department may suspend a license for up to 6 months for a second violation and shall permanently revoke a license for 3 or more violations of Section 65 of this Act.

Any building, real property, and parking area:


1) under the control of a public or private elementary or secondary school.


2) under the control of 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. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent the operator of a child care facility in a family home from owning or possessing a firearm in the home or license under this Act, if no child under child care at the home is present in the home or the firearm in the home is stored in a locked container when a child under child care at the home is present in the home.


3) building under the control of an officer of the executive or legislative branch of government, provided that nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit a licensee from carrying 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 as established by the Department of Natural Resources under Section 1.8 of the Wildlife Code.



4) circuit court, appellate court, or the Supreme Court, or any building or portion of a building under the control of the Supreme Court.


5) control of a unit of local government.


6) under the control of an adult or juvenile detention or correctional institution, prison, or jail.




7) under the control of a public or private hospital or hospital affiliate, mental health facility, or nursing home.




8) Any bus, train, or form of transportation paid for in whole or in part with public funds, and any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public transportation facility paid for in whole or in part with public funds.





9) under the control of an establishment that serves alcohol on its premises, if more than 50% of the establishment's gross receipts within the prior 3 months is from the sale of alcohol.


10) Any public gathering or special event conducted on property open to the public that requires the issuance of a permit from the unit of local government, provided this prohibition shall not apply to a licensee who must walk through a public gathering in order to access his or her residence, place of business, or vehicle.

11) Any building or real property that has been issued a Special Event Retailer's license as during the time designated for the sale of alcohol by the Special Event Retailer's license, or a Special use permit license as defined in subsection (q) of Section 5-1 of the Liquor Control Act during the time designated for the sale of alcohol by the Special use permit license.