With the state’s concealed carry legislation taking effect, Elmwood Park has implemented gun-carrying restrictions for village employees.
Michael Durkin, attorney for the village, advised the Elmwood Park Village Board at a July 7 meeting that trustees needed to approve a local weapons policy. Though village employees can apply for a license through the state to carry a weapon, bringing a firearm or weapon of any kind to work is a different story, he said.
Durkin said village employees should know better than to do that, but it’s best to not assume.
The Village Board went on to approve the policy, which prohibits the use or carrying of weapons by village employees on village property at any time or in any area associated with village employment while they are acting within the scope of their work. The policy does not apply to police officers.
A copy of this policy will be provided to each current and future employee and will become a part of the village’s Employee Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual.
The public is already restricted from bringing weapons into places like government buildings, schools and hospitals. Businesses can also restrict concealed carry guns if they wish.