The Chicagoland Apartment Association (CAA) hosted a panel on Friday, February 28th regarding “The Effect of Concealed Carry on Rental Property Policies”. The panelists discussed the statute and broke it down as it applies to apartment properties, tenants, and employees.
The panelist included:
- Senator Kwame Raoul, Illinois Senate, 13th District and Partner, Quarles & Brady
- Jessica Ryan, Principal Attorney, Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit, P.C
- Mark Kexel, Vice President of Operations, Titan Security Services, Inc.
- Nicole Upano, Manager of State & Local Government Affairs, National Apartment Association
Some of the key topics were:
Prior to determining your policy you should consider:
- Consulting with legal counsel to assess liability
- Consulting with risk management regarding any impact on coverage and premiums
- Consulting with your marketing/leasing team to understand any implications to your target residences
- Consulting with your security services provider regarding the enforcement of the policy and procedures you may adopt
- The implications on the culture of the building and the lobby experience
What to do once a policy is identified:
- Communication should be made in writing to inform all residents, staff, vendors, and contractors of the property policy
- All staff should be trained in what Concealed Carry means and its limitations
- Training and policies should be property specific and will not all be the same
For more information from the Illinois State Police, please click here.
For a recap of the panel from the Chicago Sun-Times, please click here.