The concealed carry law and banking in Illinois is several months old and banks are working to figure out if they will allow people to carry firearms when they come in.
The Bloomington Pantagraph reports that the Illinois Bankers Association is fielding questions from banks around the state. Some banks have put up small signs that show a handgun with a red slash through it to remind customers that guns are not allowed. Meanwhile other banks have not put the signs up.
Under the law that made Illinois the last state in the nation to allow concealed weapons, firearms are prohibited in places such as schools, hospitals and public parks. But the law doesn’t cover banks, meaning they have to decide for themselves whether or not to allow guns.
Following the state’s implementation of its court-mandated concealed carry law last year, banks were not specifically listed as gun-free zones where carry was arbitrarily denied. This has left these private businesses with a choice of allowing permit holders or posting required signage to forbid carry inside its doors.
The South Porte Bank in Marion not only allows legally armed patrons but also authorizes bank employees to carry concealed handguns at work. In doing so, they have even hung signs on the institution’s entrances that proudly state, “This property protected by Smith and Wesson.” Bank employees are reportedly pleased with the policy.
According to the Community Bankers Association of Illinois, more than 100 CBAI member banks have ordered the state-standard 4×6 inch signs to prohibit concealed carry at their institutions. The association offers the signs free to its members and so far has distributed nearly 400.
The Illinois Bankers Association has given its members extensive guidance on the intricacies of the state’s new gun right’s expansion and how it affects bankers. The group contends that, while carrying inside bank buildings can be regulated by owners and leasers, regulating guns in parking lots and in drive-thru tellers are less clear.