Illinois Conceal and Carry in Bars

Newsletter Correction – Conceal / Carry Language

DATE: February 28, 2014
CONTACT: Ted Penesis (

The Commission’s 2014 Winter Newsletter states the following:


“Due to the new Firearm Concealed Carry Act, Special Event/Special Use license holders and Retailer license holders whose gross receipts are more than 50 percent alcoholic liquor within the prior three months, have a duty to prohibit persons from carrying guns into their licensed establishment.”


The Commission clarifies that the Firearm Concealed Carry Act firearm prohibition only applies to “[a]ny building, real property, and parking area 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.” [(430 ILCS 66/65(a)(9)].


The Firearm Concealed and Carry Act prohibition does not apply to retail licensed locations that sell alcoholic liquor for off premises consumption only. All license holders should consult the Illinois statutes and local ordinances and if necessary, private counsel, to determine whether or not they are in compliance with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.


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