Maywood Police Arrest Reports (May 3 – May 8); Police Asking Business Owners To Post ‘No Guns Allowed’ Signs

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Friday, May 9, 2014 


May 4, 2014, 12:00 PM

Michael E. McDonnell, 72, arrested in River Forest for battery to police.

May 4, 2014, 5:02 PM

Alexis A. Herrera, 18, arrested for a traffic warrant issued by Bellwood Police Department.

May 6, 2014, 10:39 AM

Vonsha L. Shack, 32, arrested in Franklin Park for a traffic warrant.


No Guns Allowed

According to Illinois’s concealed carry law that was enacted last year, people who legally own firearms may carry them in public as long as the guns are concealed. According to State Senator Don Harmon, even though concealed weapons are prohibited in certain places–such as public parks, libraries, schools, museums and zoos–these places must nonetheless post “no guns allowed” signs.

This requirement also applies to businesses and, loosely speaking, even homes. As Harmon has stated, “While you won’t have to post one of these signs at your own home, the presumption remains that a gun owner can carry a concealed gun anywhere there is no sign.  Unless you post a sign or tell your houseguest to leave his gun in the car, he can carry it into your living room without telling you.”

In keeping with the law, the Maywood Police Department is asking small business owners to post the “no guns allowed” signs in the windows of their establishments if they wish to be gun-free. Otherwise, businesses are giving legal gun owners implicit permission to carry concealed weapons into their establishments.

The signs are available at the police department. If you’d like to pick one up, please call Officer Pirsia Allen at (708) 450-4409. VFP


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