Illinois will no longer be known as the only state in the United States that forbids carrying concealed weapons entirely. A federal appeals court has struck down the ban, which prevented residents statewide from carrying concealed weapons.

On Tuesday, December 11, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals announced that ban was deemed unconstitutional and that ordinary citizens will be allowed to carry weapons. Illinois lawmakers have 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,” according to judges.

“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 ruling also stated. “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 House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) said she still hoped the state will appeal the ruling, but in the meantime, lawmakers must craft a law that models other states’, such as not allowing concealed carry in day-care and other places, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A lawsuit filed by former corrections officer Michael Moore of Champaign led challenge against the ban to the ruling in the appeals court. Moore and others such as Charles Hooks, a farmer in Percy in southeastern Illinois and the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue, Washington, filed suit jointly.

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4 thoughts on “Federal Officials Rule Against Illinois Concealed Carry Weapons Ban

  1. Every law abiding citizen should be able to carry and conceal a weapon to protect them selves against criminals and looney toons that go out in public and try to kill others in malls schools etc!!!!!!!!

  2. I’m sure what these pea-brains will do, however, is to allow concealed carry, but make the licensing process virtually impossible to complete, put a “carry tax” on the act, tax bullets at $100 each, etc. Many more ways to skin a cat…

  3. I wouldn’t exactly call it Christmas comes early as some have called it; it’s more like putting the last layer on a cake, but we’re still missing the frosting. The frosting is going to be the most difficult of all. This is where we have national reciprocity in all 50 states. Where a person can drive anywhere in the country and not be in violation of a law that violates the 2nd Amendment. I personally do not want to wait another 20 years, nor 5 years. This should be done in the next 24 months or less. The court says we have a right to carry; they even use the olden days as an example, with people traveling away from home. Well, people travel away from home all the time in the USA. Is the 2nd Amendment the law or not? If it’s the law, then No State or Municipality has any right to override that Constitutional Right for any reason. Most of the current restrictions are reasonable, except the ban at the Post Office; it’s completely ridiculous. I can walk into a police department and talk to the front desk in my state, but I cannot go to the post office . . . . insanity.

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