Sunday, July 12, 2015
NO CONCEALED CARRY ALLOWED at Waukegan's GTR Sporting Club Grand Opening
Who would have guessed? Why didn't GTR Sporting Club post the event's prohibition of concealed carry on their website or on their Facebook page?
I suppose it is ever possible that an unforeseen issue developed with local government after the event got underway. Concealed carry was not a problem when I stopped in at the shooting range's Grand Opening for a short time on Friday morning; I breezed by security without incident. I skipped the festivities on Saturday so I have no idea what they did about concealed carry for that day. When I stopped in sometime around 11:00am on Sunday, a security guard met me at the "gate" and asked if I was carrying; I answered "yes" and, as a courtesy, presented him with my FOID and Illinois Concealed Carry License. He then explained that, due the fact that they were serving beer for the event, I would have to lock my handgun in my car. When I explained that I did not drink (i.e., I had no intention of being in the "beer garden" area), he said that did not matter. Not wishing to escalate a situation, I complied, entered, and sat inside by the "gate" to see what happened to other entrants. There were only a very few attendees on Sunday between 11:00am and shortly after noon when I was there; I saw two men and one women indignantly blow off the security guard's questions and strut on through. Other folks simply said they were not carrying; nobody's word was challenged.
IMHO, if it was at all possible to do so, GTR Sporting Club should have announced this prohibition of concealed carry well beforehand. Knowing what I do now, in the future I will not be attending any of their special events.
When it opens for business, I feel fairly safe in assuming that GTR Sporting Club's newly completed barroom (lounge) will be a prohibited area and that all members and guests will be asked to disarm and lock their handguns in their cars before entering. I would also assume (and I could be wrong on this) that this would not affect concealed carry for members and guests who just want to use the shooting range.