In a statement, the archdiocese said they have "...had ta best practice on the presence of firearms for some time and most of our facilities display signage indicating that firearms are prohibited on their premises. Given the times, we thought it would be prudent to issue a policy on firearms as a 'particular law' so there would be absolute clarity on our position."
Priest and anti-violence community activist Father Michael Pfleger praised the decision, tweeting, "Archdiocese Bans Guns on ALL of its Properties...Thank you Cardinal Cupich."
Archdiocese Bans Guns on ALL of its Properties...Thank you Cardinal Cupich— Fr. Michael Pfleger (@MichaelPfleger) September 11, 2017
Fr. Pfleger told ABC7 Eyewitness News he'd been hoping the archdiocese would announce this policy "for some time."