To the Editor:
In light of the new concealed-carry law in Illinois, the McHenry County group known as Clergy and Laity for Non-Violence is encouraging all citizens to make themselves familiar with the prohibited places such as schools, hospitals and other public spaces.
Signage forbidding concealed-carry weapons is mandatory, but compliance at this early stage of implementation is uneven.
Citizens also should be aware of their legal options to declare other spaces gun free. Churches and other places of worship, for instance, are not places that the law prohibits. But they can voluntarily become gun free – or prohibited – places. We strongly encourage all churches and other places of worship to do so, and we also encourage businesses and other organizations to do the same.
For information, contact your local police department or go to http://shawurl.com/103j.
The Rev. Dan Larsen, The Rev. Lori M. Lowe, The Rev. Carrie Smith, Michael A. Rugh and Joy Martin