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Poll: Would You Bring a Gun onto School Property?

District 113A board members are considering possible revisions to the district's visitor procedures, in light of the enactment of concealed carry in Illinois.

The implementation of concealed carry in Illinois has stirred District 113A officials to consider revisions to some policies, regarding just what visitors can bring onto school grounds. 

Board members Jan. 22 took a first look at proposed changes to a policy detailing visitor behavior and district procedure on school grounds. 

The policy committee specifically examined this item:

No person on school property or at a school event (including visitors, 
students, and employees) shall perform any of the following acts: 
Unless specifically permitted by State law possess a weapon, an object that can reasonably be considered a weapon or looks like a weapon, or any dangerous device.

Board member Dave Molitor asked board members how the district would impose the rule, with newly enacted concealed carry in place. Would the board require that all weapons be kept entirely off school property—which would also include parking lots? Or would the board allow visitors to leave a gun in a locked car or container out of plain view within the vehicle. The latter option would be difficult to enforce, some noted.

Board members did not vote, as the proposed revisions were only in their first reading. 

How do you think the board should act, and would you bring a gun onto school grounds with you?


Take our poll, tell us in the comments.
Tom Koz January 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Bad guys will bring gunsinto the schools if they want to - n matter what rule or law you make. Question: How do you stop a bad guy with a gun?? Answer: A good guy with a gun!!!
Pete Syracuse January 23, 2014 at 02:28 PM
What a stupid poll. The law already prohibits permit holders from carrying into a school building. The board does not have the ability to prohibit carry in ones car in the parking lot. What is there to decide? Furthermore, anyone coming to the school to do harm with a weapon is not affected by any of this. They won't apply for a permit, and they won't care about a no guns allowed sign. The new law allows certain well vetted, law abiding citizens to carry. These are not armed criminals or mentally imbalanced people. These are not the ones you need to worry about.
Michael Loos January 23, 2014 at 11:33 PM
In Illinois, your car is a safe haven. The school district can't change this. I CAN come on the property, but must leave my gun in the car in a safe. So, bottom line is this... This poll and article are moot. The Districts board meeting? A waste of time. The fact that they haven't a clue about the law? Makes them a waste of space.
Patrick January 24, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Maybe instead of wasting your time and calling others names you should read the law. Below is taken directly from the law: Section 65. Prohibited areas. (a) A licensee under this Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into: (1) Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public or private elementary or secondary school. (2) Any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a pre-school or child care facility, including any room or portion of a building under the control of a pre-school or child care facility. It is a matter of safety for our children
Tom Koz January 24, 2014 at 01:15 PM
Patrick you are WRONG. Read the entire law. There is an exception that allows people with a Conceal Carry License to have a loaded firearm in their possision while in their vehicles in school parking lots.
Tom Koz January 24, 2014 at 01:25 PM
".. a matter of safety for our children" BS !! I took my child to the pediatrician the other day. In addition to the question regarding firearms he also asked ... If I had secured all of the harsh household cleaning chemicals, If we plugged all the electrical outlets. If we blocked all the stairs to prevent a fall, If we secure all porographic material away from the children, If we had enough food from all 4 food groups, If we ever argue or swear in front of the child, If we changed all of our light bulbs to the squirlly type, If we yet changed our shower heads to the 6 drops per minute type, If we lower our thermostat to 70 in the winter, If we made sure to secure the Bible away from the kids, If we made sure to block the Fox News Channel from kids view, If we ever make racist or bigotted remarks in front of the kids, and, whether or not we could donate to the Democratic Party. I looked at him in amazement. He just said, "Hey, its for the kids." I told him, HEY buddy I am the one supporting and raising my kids. THEN, I punched him in the head and walked out !!!
Lauren Traut (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Poll asks "WOULD you"? As in, if you're allowed, would you bring it?
Edward Andrysiak January 26, 2014 at 05:59 PM
If I had a CCW I would take a firearm with me very where I go. Why does anyone carry? For the same reason they have insurance on their car, house and life. Wonderful, if you need it.

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