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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. 7th 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 reports

Illinois is the only state to not have some form of conceal carry, according to the 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 said the decision is a major victory for the National Rifle Association.

G.G. December 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Again, a demonstration that you are uninformed. Look at the crime data. For example: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/guns.cfm I'm sorry you don't like the story data tells. you are entitled to your opinion, but facts are facts. Statistics are all over the place available for you, research the data. The 2nd ammendment has nothing to do with rifles, target shooting or hunting. Handguns have more than one purpose (collection, target shooting, self defense).
Ed Sapeta December 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Have a nice life in your world of Violence and misleading statistics ( Certainly not facts) . EOF. I am done here.
Jay Shay December 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Good to hear!
Oso Campana December 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Ed, You're an idiot. An armed society is a friendly society and if you want statistical analysis, look no further than the violent crime levels of California and Illinois as opposed to Texas where being a jackass might just be the reason why someone puts a cap in your ass.
Ed Sapeta December 18, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Wow, It takes a real genius to come up with such an insightful comment Oso. Are oyu off your Meds?

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