On Jan. 5, firearm owners in Illinois were allowed to apply for a license for conceal carry. The Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66) identifies 25 areas where concealed firearms are prohibited, including schools.
The law requires schools to post a sign, provided by the Illinois State Police, that states that carrying firearms into the building is prohibited.
Illinois’ concealed carry law was passed in 2013 and allows individuals to apply for licenses to carry a concealed firearm. However, carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited in school buildings or on school property, according to the law (430 ILCS 66/).
In an effort to keep students safe and to be in compliance with state law, Batavia School District 101 will be displaying Illinois State Police issued signs on school doors to remind those with concealed carry licenses that firearms are not permitted in Batavia Public School District 101 buildings or on school grounds.
"Batavia Public Schools value parent participation in our schools and we appreciate your cooperation with this security measure. Thank you for your commitment to safety in Batavia’s schools," the Batavia School District website says.