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Court Strikes Down Illinois' Concealed-Carry Ban

An appeals court has decided Illinois' ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional.

A U.S. appeals court has ruled Illinois' ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Under the 2-1 ruling, the state would have to allow residents to carry weapons. But the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has given lawmakers 180 days 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," the Tribune reported

Illinois is the only state to not have some form of conceal carry, according to the Chicago Tribune

Here are some excerpts from the court's opinion: 

"We are disinclined to engage in another round of historical analysis to determine whether eighteenth-century America understood the Second Amendment to include a right to bear guns outside the home.

The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside...

Illinois had to provide us with more than merely a rational basis for believing that its uniquely sweeping ban is justified by an increase in public safety. It has failed to meet this burden."

The Tribune lauded the decision as a major victory for the National Rifle Association. 

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Mike Spina December 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
What a great decision by the Federal Court. I appsolutely will be carrying my weapon in Orland Park and everywhere else I go in Illinois once the ban is officially lifted. I have a concealed carry permit for the state of Florida where my family has a 2nd home and I have carried down there for many years without a single incident. I was finger printed by the Police and had a complete back round check by the FBI before I was issued my carry permit. I also attended and passed the required training classes. I hope I never have to use my weapon but if there is ever a situation where it comes down to a member of my family being threatened by some scumbag to be injured or killed I will revert to my training and do what I have to too protect their lifes. People who oppose what the Judges ruled do not have to have carry a weapon but the US Constitution says I have a right to bear arms and I fully will exercise my right.
Joe W. December 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM
The anti gun people see the world as they wish it could be. A world without guns, violence. The pro gun people see reality. A world where people have free will and live in a country that allows them to use that free will, most do good things but some do bad. This will never change. Every other state allows their law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families from those that chose to do harm. The anti gun folks claim that the streets will run red with blood and everyone will be shooting each other. The fact is that this has not happened anywhere in the U.S. even in states where gun carry laws are completely unrestricted.
tom December 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
we are all so proud of you
John B January 03, 2013 at 05:57 PM
The argument for guns should not be concentrated on public safety or how comfortable people [have been trained to] feel when they are around one. “Murder rates consistently rise when guns are banned. This is not just a US phenomenon in places such as Washington, D.C. and Chicago, but has been observed worldwide. When guns are banned, even in island nations such as the UK, Ireland, and Jamaica, the pattern has been the same. The problem is that gun bans disarm law-abiding good people, not criminals. With disarmed victims, crime is easier to commit.” [Tom Lott; http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/12/03/truth-about-costas-belcher-and-guns/]. Back when the Constitution was written, both the government AND the people were in possession of the best arms technologies of their time. The real reasons the Second Amendment is in the Constitution are for Americans to protect themselves from criminals, from a criminal government, and from invading forces. Now I don’t want to have to act on any of these in my lifetime, but if citizens are disarmed or even not allowed to carry assault weapons, the people are at a huge disadvantage they encounter any of these types of criminals. Unlike the majority of anti-firearm people, I have sources, academic, historical, and otherwise.
William Baldwin January 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Emily, you're right in probably 99% of the cases. There could be like you said someone who cares, having a bad night, gets insulted and draws his gun or worse kills someone. That person now will be a criminal, even for just drawing his gun in public it if against the law unless you can show proof of bodily harm towards you or a family member. Last year over on 159th I believe near Oak Park Ave. there was an Irish resturant that was hosting a meeting and some various people, masked and unmasked came in and started beating on the customers in that resturant. Had someone had a gun there to stop this a lot of people wouldnt of been hurt. The only problem again is that the person with the gun needs to be trained, and not just a person with a gun. There are pros and cons to both sides of the story, there is a lot less gun violence in Texas since just about everyone carrys down there. But it's like anything else, we need to find out who the people are who want to carry, they need to be trained and not just let every Tom, Dick or Harry carry a gun. It's not the carrying part that makes you feel like a man, if that's why you want to carry, then you have problems. It's the wanting to protect your family from and keep them out of harms way, that is your right. Criminals arent checked out before they get a gun, but we should be to be able to defend our families.

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