Labor: New Illinois law requires employer action to keep workplaces gun-free

On July 9, Illinois become the last state to allow the concealed carry of firearms

Recent Illinois gun legislation means employers will shortly confront a new, potentially troublesome workplace issue: concealed firearms.

On July 9, Illinois lawmakers voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of House Bill 183, thus making Illinois the last state in the nation to allow the concealed carry of firearms. The law’s passage comes in the wake of last year’s 7th Circuit ruling that Illinois’ ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional. The General Assembly’s vote occurred just in the nick of time, since the 7th Circuit gave Illinois lawmakers until July 9 to revise its concealed carry law. 

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John Kuenstler

John F. Kuenstler is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the Labor and Employment Department. Mr....

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