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Chicago Storeowners Ask Shoppers to Leave Guns at Home

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Some Chicago storeowners have begun posting small "no guns" signs in their windows, reports our sister site in the city, after the Firearm Concealed Carry Act went into effect in Illinois in January. The ruling allows citizens to carry concealed weapons in their car and on their person, meaning that guy in line next to you at Starbucks could be packing.

"Concealed firearms are not allowed in places like schools, airports, or government property," writes Racked Chicago, "nor are they permitted anywhere that gets more than 50% of its profits from the sale of alcohol (bars, clubs, ridiculously boozy restaurants)." Other businesses are fair game unless they clearly post the above signage which, says Racked Chicago, has been popping up in bookstores and other local businesses.

The manager of The Boring Store, a spy shop that hosts a children's nonprofit, said that she wasn't happy about posting the sign. "If we're in a position where not having that sign up is an invitation to bring guns into our place of learning and playful lightheartedness—where we work very hard to build a space that resists violence and symbols of violence—well, we have no choice but to put it up," said Molly Walsh. "But, because the atmosphere of the spy store...is meant to be magical and fun, I'm dreading the claim to innocence that we will have to forfeit by posting such a strong symbol in our entryway."

Putting aside certain privately-held opinions about status that guns occupy in our society, there's a very non-political reason why owners would not want them in their stores: If they don't post a sign and some sort of gun-related incident happens on their premises, they could be held accountable. Said another sign-posting shop owner, "Having a picture of a gun on the window is scary for people to see, but it will be a common visual soon."
· Should Storeowners Allow Shoppers to Carry Firearms? [Racked Chicago]