Gus Philpott Asks McHenry County College Board to Follow State Law on Concealed Carry

Woodstock Advocate Editor and Concealed Carry of McHenry County Secretary Gus Philpott wrote the following letter to McHenry County College Trustees:

Gus Philpott

Gus Philpott

Members of the Board of Trustees,

As you consider the proposed concealed carry policy before the December 19th meeting, may I draw your attention to the very real possibility that you are legally prevented from restricting Parking Lots A & B to vehicles not containing firearms?

Public Act 098-0063 and 430 ILCS 66/65 designate Prohibited Places. Paragraph (b) expressly allows a concealed carry licensee to carry into parking lots adjacent to prohibited places.

(b) Notwithstanding subsections (a), (a-5), and (a-10) of this Section except under paragraph (22) or (23) of subsection (a), any licensee prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm into the parking area of a prohibited location specified in
subsection (a), (a-5), or (a-10) of this Section shall be permitted to carry a concealed firearm on or about his or her person within a vehicle into the parking area [emphasis added] 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. A licensee may carry a concealed firearm in the immediate area surrounding his or her vehicle within a prohibited 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
subsection, “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.

The law doesn’t say “some” parking areas. It reads “…the parking area…” Each of Lots A, B, C and D is a “parking area”.

I respectfully ask that you observe the intent and spirit of the statute and that you not designate any parking lot at MCC as a gun-free zone.

Education of parents of children enrolled in the childcare center should help calm any fears they might have, should they see someone unloading or loading a firearm in a vehicle or placing a firearm in a trunk or removing it. These actions are permitted under State law.


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