In July 2013, the State of Illinois enacted the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (the “Concealed Carry Law”), which authorizes properly licensed individuals to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois. The law went into effect on January 1, 2014.
While there are designated properties and locations where concealed firearms are not allowed under the Concealed Carry Law, houses of worship are not among them; accordingly, properly licensed individuals are allowed to carry a concealed firearm in many other houses of worship.
However, Temple Sholom prohibits concealed weapons from its building, as permitted under various provisions of the law, including the fact that we house and operate Gan Shalom and the Crown Family religious high school.
Consistent to the law and the Temple’s prohibition of concealed weapons, the Temple is now posting this signage at all entrances:
Legislation is being considered in the Illinois legislature to ban concealed weapons in all houses of worship. Historically, houses of worship have been designated as safe and secure places for all people. Accordingly, in the autumn of 2013, in response to the introduction of the amendment, the Social Action Committee of Temple Sholom voted 61-1 in favor of advocating in support of a proposed legislative amendment to add places of worship to the list of places where individuals cannot carry concealed firearms. And in December 2013, the Temple Sholom Board of Directors voted to support a legislative amendment to ban concealed weapons in houses of worship in Illinois. Moreover, Temple Sholom will advocate for the passage of such an amendment by various means, including by supporting the efforts of various advocacy organizations.
The religious and lay leaders of Temple Sholom are committed to taking any and all steps to ensure the safety of our entire congregation and community.
Please contact Boni Fine at 773-525-4707 if you have any questions, concerns or comments.
David Lipschultz is Vice President of Temple Sholom and co-chair of the Temple’s Social Action Committee.