C-8.1: Firearm Concealed Carry

Adoption Date: 12/17/13

Introduction and Statement of Purpose

The Illinois General Assembly has adopted Public Act 98-0063, “The Firearm Concealed Carry Act” (the “Act”), 430 ILCS 66. Subject to the overall supervision and regulation of the Illinois State Police, the Act authorizes qualified individuals to carry a concealed firearm. For purposes of this policy, a “concealed firearm” is a loaded or unloaded “handgun” carried on or about that person completely or mostly concealed from view of the public, or is within a vehicle owned by that person. For purposes of this policy, a “handgun" means any device which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas, or escape of gas that is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand. "Handgun" does not include: (1) a stun gun or taser; (2) a machine gun as defined in item (i) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Illinois Criminal Code of 2012; (3) a short-barreled rifle or shotgun as defined in item (ii) of paragraph (7) of subsection (a) of Section 24-1 of the Illinois Criminal Code of 2012; or (4) any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun, or B-B gun which expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter, or which has a maximum muzzle velocity of less than 700 feet per second, or which expels breakable paint balls containing washable marking colors.

This Policy has the following purposes:

  1. To reaffirm the Board’s position that the presence of firearms on campus, in any of the College buildings, or in any of the College’s facilities, or on the College’s campuses in general is dangerous and contrary to the mission of the College.
  2. To recognize that the Act affords certain limited rights to individuals possessing a valid license to carry a concealed firearm (such qualified individual is referred to in this Policy as a “Licensee”).
  3. To clearly delineate the rights and responsibilities of Licensees on College property.
  4. To set forth consequences and penalties for a violation of this Policy on the part of Licensees and non-Licensees alike.

Reaffirmation of Prohibition

Except as provided elsewhere in this Policy, no individual shall possess, carry, or have control of a firearm either on his or her person, or in his or her vehicle, on any property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the College. This prohibition includes the College’s main campus in Chicago Heights, as well as the Matteson Area Center in Matteson. This prohibition includes, without limitation, the following areas:

  1. Any building or portion of a building, whether leased or owned, under the control of the College.
  2. Anywhere on the grounds of the College.
  3. Anywhere on the College’s parking areas, sidewalks, and common areas.
  4. Any property on campus where the College grants permission for a public gathering, such as Jazz Concerts and meetings held on campus.

 Special Regulations Applicable to College Employees

  1. Accept as provided elsewhere in this Policy, no firearm may be carried or transported in any motor vehicle owned by the College.
  2. Sworn members of the College Police Department are authorized to carry firearms in accordance with the state law and department regulation and may do so in vehicles owned by the College.
  3. Subject to Board pre-approval, firearm use or possession may be permitted where such use or possession is part of the instruction and course curriculum of official recognized programs, including but not limited, to military science and law enforcement training programs.

 Special Regulations for Licensees

  1. Licensee carrying a firearm who enters the College’s Chicago Heights or the Matteson campus in a motor vehicle must:
    1. Upon parking his or her vehicle in any of the College’s designated parking spaces, the Licensee must immediately either (a) store his or her firearm and ammunition in a secure case or locked container (that completely encloses the firearm and ammunition) placed out of plain view within the vehicle, or (b) store the firearm within the vehicle’s trunk. If the Licensee stores a firearm in the trunk of his or her vehicle, the Licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle only for the limited purpose of storing or retrieving a firearm within the vehicle’s trunk, provided that the Licensee ensures that the firearm is unloaded at the time the Licensee exits the vehicle; and
    2. At the Chicago Heights campus, park in Lots A, B, C, D, E, or F, unless the Chief of Police has posted signage temporarily prohibiting the storage of firearms in vehicles parked in a parking lot due to the College hosting a special event on campus, i.e., commencement, sporting event… Licensees are strictly prohibited from parking in the Child Care Parking Lot at the Chicago Heights campus. At the Matteson campus, park in any parking space on the Matteson Campus, unless the Chief of Police has posted signage temporarily prohibiting the storage of firearms in vehicles parked in a parking lot due to the College hosting a special event on campus.
    3. Keep on his or her person a valid state I.D. and/or Valid Driver’s License, valid Firearms Owner Identification Card (“F.O.I.D.”) and valid Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses. 
  2. If the Licensee is stopped in his or her vehicle prior to safe storage of his or her firearm on the College property by a College Police Officer, it is the responsibility of the Licensee under the training received under the Illinois Concealed Carry Act to inform Law Enforcement that he or she has a concealed firearm on or about his or her person..

Penalties for Violation

Persons who violate any of the terms of this Policy shall be subject to all civil and criminal penalties as provided by law.

In addition:

  1. Any student found to be in violation of this Policy is subject to suspension or expulsion from the College. 
  2. Any College employee found to be in violation of this Policy is subject to suspension or termination of employment.
  3. Any third person (meaning, an individual who is neither an employee nor a student) found to be in violation of this Policy is subject to exclusion from any College property or facility for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.

Posting

  1. In accordance with the Act, the College shall post at its entrances the standard 4 inch by 6 inch No Firearm signage designed by the Illinois State Police.
  2. The College shall post signage prohibiting the storage of firearms in all vehicles parked in the Child Care Parking Lot on the Chicago Heights campus.
  3. The College shall post signage temporarily prohibiting the storage of firearms in vehicles parked in a parking lot due to the College hosting a special event on campus, i.e., commencement, sporting event, when the College deems, in its sole discretion, allowing the storage of firearms in vehicles parked in certain parking lots would present unacceptable risks based on the type of and attendance at a special event hosted by the College on campus.