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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," according to the Chicago Tribune

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. 

KIMBER45 January 03, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Key word "idiots"!! They think turning millions of law abiding citizens into felons is the thing to do to stop crime!!these people are not representing the people anymore and we need to vote them out. Illinois is the most corrupt broke ass state In The union. Hell our last 2 governors are in prison and won't be able to legally purchase a firearm when they get out. Lol!and I'm sure the current one will follow the same road. They can't stay out of jail but we are going to let them speak for us. What a joke. Maybe they came to their senses today when they realized that the hard working people voting for them is also the gun owners.
Tom Koz January 04, 2013 at 02:24 AM
To all I've those on here that typically vote Democrat, a true Conservative would NEVER vote to reduce or remove your 2nd Amendment Rights or reduce your Libertys and Freedoms!! Just saying. Love the Country - hate a Constitution breaking government.
Amy Miller Jackson January 04, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Pick and choose your stats and data to fit your agenda http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ooa98FHuaU0
Edward Andrysiak January 04, 2013 at 04:06 PM
The latest from idiots! In Bellville Illinois five plain clothes detectives were asked to leave a DENNY's because someone complained they were carrying guns! Duh. So, the manager asked them to put their firearms out in their cars or leave. Stupid. The manager futher told them it is company policy! They all left. Their Chief issued a statement about responding to a call to Denny's...essentially it said no guns is void in a response. They respond armed and will do so if called. I think I have had my last meal at a Denny's if that is a sample of how they make decisions.
Edward Andrysiak January 04, 2013 at 04:15 PM
For Logansdad...would you please state your position in a clear manner regarding firearms and how you would solve the current problems with your solution/position...so we can understand how you came to what you believe. Thanks.

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