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Concealed weapon ban struck down in Illinois

This news story was published on December 13, 2012.
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CHICAGO – The Chicago Tribune has reported that a Federal Appeals Court has struck down a long-time ban on carrying a concealed weapon in Illinois.

An Illinois law forbids a person, with exceptions mainly for police and other security personnel, hunters, and members of target shooting clubs, to carry a gun ready to use (loaded, immediately accessible—that is, easy to reach—and uncased).

In striking down the Illinois law, the court said “The Supreme Court rejected the argument. The appellees ask us to repudiate the Court’s historical analysis. That we can’t do. Nor can we ignore the implication of the analysis that the constitutional right of armed selfdefense is broader than the right to have a gun in one’s home.”

Read the appeals court decision here.

The Tribune called the court’s 2-1 decision “a major victory for the National Rifle Association.”

The court decision states that the state of Illinois has 180 to create a new law.  “We order our mandate stayed for 180 days to allow the Illinois legislature to craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment as interpreted in this opinion, on the carrying of guns in public.”

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