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Can a CCL legally carry while obeying Ex. Order 2020-32?5/7/2020 2:37:00 PM
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Can a Concealed Carry Licensee legally carry a concealed firearm while obeying Executive Order 2020-32?
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-32 (COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 30)
Section 1. Public Health Requirements for Individuals Leaving Home and for Businesses
Wearing a face covering in public places or when working. Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering (a mask or cloth face-covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings are required in public indoor spaces such as stores.
(720 ILCS 5/24-1) (from Ch. 38, par. 24-1) Sec. 24-1. Unlawful use of weapons.
(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:
(9) Carries or possesses in a vehicle or on or about his or her person any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or firearm or ballistic knife, when he or she is hooded, robed or masked in such manner as to conceal his or her identity;
(b) Sentence. A person convicted of a violation of subsection 24-1(a)(9) commits a Class 4 felony.
NOTE: The provisions of subsections 24-1 (a) (4) (iv) and 24-1 (a) (10) (iv) do not apply to or affect the transportation of weapons that meet one of the following conditions: (iv) are carried or possessed in accordance with the Firearm Concealed Carry Act by a person who has been issued a currently valid license under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
Subsection 24-1 (9) contains no such exception for a concealed carry licensee.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-32 also contains no exception for CCL holders.
ISSUE: What is your agency’s policy on this issue?
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