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Kane County Board OKs concealed carry policy for employees

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:33 p.m. CDT
Under state law, concealed carry is prohibited in government buildings, such as the Kane County Judicial Center, but a new policy passed by the Kane County Board this week takes the law one step further by prohibiting many employees from carrying firearms in their personal vehicles.

GENEVA – Kane County employees licensed for concealed carry are now prohibited from carrying firearms in their personal vehicle while on county business – even if the vehicle is parked.

The Kane County Board approved the policy this week as part of its consent agenda.

Under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act, concealed firearms are prohibited in government buildings, but parking areas are considered “safe harbors,” meaning those licensed for concealed carry may keep guns in a locked case within a vehicle, according to county documents.

When considering the new policy in April, a County Board committee expressed concerns about balancing liability issues and employees’ constitutional rights.

Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Lulves, who drafted the employee concealed carry policy, has told board members that the county is within its rights to restrict employees’ ability to carry firearms in their vehicles.

He has compared the restrictions to other ways employers are able to regulate employee behavior, such as prohibiting certain clothing.

The policy the County Board passed on Tuesday reflects a “risk management position,” Lulves has said.

The policy does not apply to county employees authorized to carry a concealed firearm by any other state statute.

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