Court Strikes Down Illinois Conceal Carry Ban
December 11, 2012
The Illinois concealed carry weapons ban has been struck down by a federal appeals court and ultimately declaired unconstitutional.
Lawmakers in the state of Illinois will now have to craft a sutiable concealed carry bill and allow the citizens of the state to carry concealed weapons. A huge win for pro-gun advocates.
In the court's majority opinion, Judge Richard Posner wrote, "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. The theoretical and empirical evidence (which overall is inconclusive) is consistent with concluding that a right to carry firearms in public may promote self-defense. 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."
Back in 2011, a bid in the Illinois House to legalize concealed carry was defeated by a 65-32 vote. Seventy-one votes were needed for its passage.
State lawmakers now have 180 days to craft a concealed carry bill. Get ready Illinois, the long wait is almost over.