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12/18/2013 5:52:00 AM
La Salle School Board balks at concealed-carry issue


Rachel Stella
Media Editor



The La Salle Elementary School District 122 board on Tuesday examined the first reading of an exception to the prohibition of firearms on school property.

Under the amended policy, with one exception, a license to carry a firearm does not permit an individual to carry a concealed firearm on or into any building, real property or parking area under the control of an elementary or secondary school, or any bus paid for in whole or part with public funds.

The exception states that an individual licensed to carry a concealed firearm under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act is permitted to carry a concealed firearm within a vehicle into a parking area controlled by a school or district, and may store a firearm or ammunition concealed in a case within a locked vehicle or locked container out of plain view within the vehicle in the parking area.

La Salle schools superintendent Dan Marenda said he wanted to look at making the policy more restrictive than the exception would allow.

“I personally am very uncomfortable with the idea that people can carry guns onto the parking lot,” Marenda said.

The board is expected to vote on the policy at its next meeting, scheduled for Jan. 21, 2014.












Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Article comment by: fosterbw99

Mr. Merenda needs to do his homework on the law. He and the schoolboard cannot change the provisions of the concealed carry act. Furthermore, he has no reason to fear legal permit holders.

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