Moms Campaign for 'No Guns Allowed' Signs in Local Businesses

"It’s hard to tell a criminal from a law-abiding ‘good guy’ with a gun," says one mom distributing the signs in the Moms Demand Action campaign.

Local moms against gun violence attended a rally in Chicago as part of One Million Moms for Gun Control last year. Some members of the group went on to form Moms Demand Gun Action. | Submitted photo.
Local moms against gun violence attended a rally in Chicago as part of One Million Moms for Gun Control last year. Some members of the group went on to form Moms Demand Gun Action. | Submitted photo.

Will businesses in LaGrange, Western Springs and other west suburban communities display "No Guns Allowed" signs in their windows?

A group of local moms is asking now that Illinois allows residents with permits to carry concealed weapons.

Nicole Chen, of Western Springs, gathered other moms at her home after the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012 and they decided to join the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America campaign. 

Chen's anti-gun efforts were first profiled on Patch in February 2013.

Throughout Illinois, they've passed out 2,000 postcards carrying the "No Guns Allowed" message, Chen said.

“I prefer to shop in places where I feel safe,” said Katherine Mudd, of Western Springs, who's been distributing the cards. “My safety and comfort level are compromised by concealed weapons in private businesses."

The group's national Facebook page has 114,000 followers.

Chen told Sun-Times Media that one business in Countryside posted a sign. The reaction has been supportive but business owners seem reluctant to post a sign, Chen said, which surprises her.

“Maybe they don’t want to offend anyone; it’s a political issue, and it evokes feelings," she said.

In 2013, the group successfully pushed Starbucks to ask customers not to bring guns to its stores. 

For the moms undertaking the local effort, they see this as a matter of safety.

"If I see someone carrying a gun in public, in a store, how do I know if they have a permit or not?” Chen asked. “Unless they paste their permit on their sleeve, it’s hard to tell a criminal from a law-abiding ‘good guy’ with a gun.”

Clarification: Article revised to clarify the nature of the anti-gun violence meeting profiled in February 2013. 

What do you think? Does it matter to you if a business won't allow patrons to carry concealed handguns in the store?

ed breyer March 15, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Well, my wife and I were about to go into Nicksons in La Grange this weekend when I spotted the NO CONCEALED CARRY sticker mentioned in the article. We decided to eat elsewhere. I will stop in when I have more time to discuss my concerns with the owner/manager - in hopes they will reconsider. But until then we'll take our business elsewhere out of principle.
avlisk March 26, 2014 at 05:40 PM
This group is acting on illogical emotion instead of rational common sense. I was with them last year, until my ignorance was pointed out to me, so over the last 5 months, I have educated myself. I am now shopping for my first gun, ever, and just joined the NRA yesterday. Dear Moms, education is a wonder thing. You ought to try it. We want our kids to have a bit more protection than a scary sign.
Tango April 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM
So you base your actions on "feelings"...seems a pretty common tactic when you cannot base your argument on any sort of statistic. While your comfort level may be increased, your safety really is in no danger from anyone who has gone through the longest training session (and paid the 2nd highest fee to exercise a right in the country) as well as submitted themselves to 6 background examinations. Nor is you in danger from CCW holders anywhere else. Take for example the number of studies that have indicated that Concealed Carry holders are 5.7 times less likely to commit a violent crime and 13 times less likely to commit any crime than non-permit holders...studies conducted by a number of agencies of different states that enacted CCW since 1986, not the NRA or anybody related to the firearms industry. If there were studies that supported the concept of CCW holders increasing crime don't you think the politicians who were fighting CCW would have brought them up in the hearings? Wouldn't the state have presented them when Moore v Madigan was being argued? Of course they would, and the news outlets in Chicago would have heralded the figures. They did not bring them up because they do not exist, just as the obligation for the government to protect the individual does not exist, and has not since South v Maryland in 1856. The people with guns doing the killing are the criminals, not the citizens who just want to be left alone. Although I find it amusing that they are referred to as an "anti-violence" group instead of a group that actually seeks to ban firearms... a group that was "deeply disappointed" and "outraged" that any sale of guns to law abiding citizens was going to occur in Chicago after years of unconstitutional denial under color of authority. Despite the "grassroots" front, in reality they were a well funded (now wholly owned) subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, run by a professional public relations executive with experience ranging from being public affairs officer for Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, the Missouri House of Representatives, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs at Fleishman-Hillard, Director of Global and Public Affairs at Monsanto Corporation, Director of Global Communications for GE Healthcare, then Vice President of Corporate Communications at WellPoint, the nation's largest health insurance corporation. And despite their claims of wanting to encourage a "conversation", they also have a wonderful history of erasing any opinions from their website or Facebook pages that are not in lockstep with their public positions. But she's "just a concerned mommy" and an "accidental activist". Sure. Just like my having gone through the police academy (tying for top score in shooting qualification) becoming an multi-discipline instructor (both nationally and in multiple states) and having over 300 hours of additional training only gives me a "passing familiarity" with firearms.
Rob Young June 26, 2014 at 09:45 AM
My wife loved Red Mango in La Grange, unfortunately they have decided to place the Moms Demand Action sticker on their front door. We've now been patronizing Forever Yogurt. Surprisingly we liked the flavors there instead. BTW> When is the article for the CCL holders view going to be published? Seems to be the only people interested in this one. I would recommend one of your press agents go through training, like the "Personal Protection Outside the Home" by the NRA, and start carrying to publish a little more honest and fair OP/ED.


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