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Illinois banks on the fence about concealed carry

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Concealed carry has been legal in Illinois since the beginning of the year.

The concealed carry law has exceptions where you aren't allowed to bring concealed weapons inside schools, hospitals and public parks.
   
However, there are no restrictions for banks and that has many debating whether to allow customers to bring concealed guns inside?
   
It's a question Mark Field, the President of Farmers Bank of Liberty, says many banks have been grappling with.
   
"To put up a sign like that you're basically saying that only criminals, who are going to break the law anyway, are welcome to bring guns in," Field said. "But law abiding people can't. I happen to believe that people should be able to defend themselves if they are doing it in a lawful manner."
   
While Field says he won't be posting any gun restriction signs on his doors, he says there's one reason why some banks would.
   
"Some of the bankers are concerned about if they have a hold-up situation and one of their customers uses a weapon incorrectly, if there would be any liability back to the bank," Field said.
   
So what do customers think about the issue?
   
"I would be more offended if I walked into a bank with a sign meaning I have to go back to my car and all that," Neil Vandevelde said. "I enjoy shooting sports and I believe people should be able to defend themselves."
   
"If you are going to carry, you might as well have the equipment and actually have the schooling and the proper usage of one," Shawn Lucky said.
   
While Field says many Illinois banks are on the fence about whether to let customers carry a concealed weapon, he says eventually all Illinois banks will have to take a side.
   
"Obviously doing nothing is really allowing it," Field said. "So it's going to come on fairly quickly as more and more permits get issued."

If you're trying to figure out if an Illinois business allows guns inside, just look for signs with a picture of a gun with a red slash through it.
   
Those should be posted on a window or door at all entrances to the building.
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