Weapons in the Workplace Handbook Statement: Illinois

Author: Amy E. Mendenhall, Marissa L. Dragoo, Corinn Jackson, and Judith A. Paulson, Littler

When to Include This Statement

Illinois employers wishing to limit or prohibit weapons in the workplace should strongly consider including this statement in their handbook. Employers should also consider including this statement in their handbook to prevent workplace violence, provide notice that weapons will not be permitted inside the workplace and show their compliance with the Illinois law that gives employees the right to keep a lawfully possessed firearm inside a locked personal vehicle in a company parking lot.

Customizable Handbook Statement

Weapons in the Workplace

In the interest of maintaining a workplace that is safe and free of violence, and in accordance with the policy set forth in the National Handbook, the Company generally prohibits the presence or use of firearms and other weapons on the Company's property, regardless of whether or not the person is licensed to carry the weapon. In compliance with Illinois law, the Company permits those employees who are concealed weapons license holders and who lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition to transport and store their firearm or ammunition in their personal vehicle inside company parking lots. However, if the employee's vehicle is not attended, the vehicle must be locked or the firearm and ammunition must be in a locked container outside of plain view.

Employees who are concealed weapons license holders may also carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding their vehicle in a Company parking lot only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving the firearm within the vehicle's trunk and only after ensuring the firearm is unloaded. Such lawfully possessed firearms and ammunition may not otherwise be removed from an employee's personal vehicle or displayed to others for any reason.

Guidance for Employers

  • This policy is intended to be used together with a national Weapons in the Workplace policy statement.
  • Under Illinois law, owners of private property may generally prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms on property under their control.
  • Concealed weapons license holders must be permitted to carry a concealed firearm on or about their person within a vehicle into the employer's parking area and may store a firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the vehicle in the parking area. Concealed weapons license holders may also carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding their vehicle within a permitted parking lot area only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicle's trunk, provided the licensee ensures the concealed firearm is unloaded prior to exiting the vehicle.
  • For purposes of this law, a "case" includes a glove compartment or console that completely encloses the concealed firearm or ammunition; the trunk of the vehicle; or a firearm carrying box, shipping box or other container.
  • Download the Firearm Concealed Carry Act Notice Poster, required and issued by the Illinois State Police. The poster must be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of buildings, premises or land.
  • Because building owners must comply with the posting requirements, employers that lease their facilities should consult any relevant leases and related documents to ensure consistency with the building owner's policies.

Additional Resources

Weapons in the Workplace Handbook Statement

Guns in Parking Lots Laws by State