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SIU No Guns Allowed signage part of concealed carry law

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CARBONDALE -- By now, the emblem of a handgun on a white background with a red slash through it may be familiar to SIU students.

The signage, which is required to be on all buildings and points of entry on campus, is part of Illinois' new concealed carry law. The logo was designed by the Illinois State Police and close to 2,000 signs will ultimately be posted at SIU.

"The Firearm Concealed Carry Act went into effect and it exempted universities and allows us to still have a no guns on campus policy," said SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng. "We have always had a policy, but we didn't have to have signage."

Measuring 4-by-6 inches in size, the signs began appearing on campus in December.

"Students who are hunters have, for many years, worked with our Department of Public Safety to put their guns in lockers at our DPS station on Washington Street," Cheng said. "They can continue to do that."

Cheng said that she would be signing a policy soon that would give individuals who already have a concealed carry permit an opportunity to have a firearm in their vehicle.

That vehicle can also be in a SIU parking lot.

"Once the person is on campus, they must store the firearm in a case within the locked vehicle," Cheng said. "If they want to store it in their trunk, they must unload the gun first and then put the firearm in the trunk."

Cheng also said students who have concealed carry permits have the option of storing handguns at the Department of Safety office as well.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, two states -- Kansas and Arkansas -- passed legislation in 2013 that allows concealed carry on college campuses.

Faculty members are allowed to carry firearms in Arkansas, while Kansas House Bill 2052 does not prohibit concealed carry in any state or municipal building unless the building has "adequate security measures."

Illinois is one of 21 states nationwide that ban carrying concealed weapons on college campuses. Utah is the only state that has a law denying public colleges and universities the authority to ban concealed carry.

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