A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
- In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois’ Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry.
“The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.
In a split opinion (see below), the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the state’s longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons.
A long time coming:
- Channel 2 - A federal appeals court in Chicago has struck down Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons.
The state now has six months to pass a law that would allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons.
- Channel 7 (Thieves) - In a big victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois - the only state where it had remained entirely illegal.
Channel 5 takes a different tack, wondering if Illinois politicians are going to continue wasting taxpayer money while fighting a number of losing actions:
- A federal appeals court decided to strike down Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons Tuesday, but Illinois leaders are deciding whether to continue the fight.
Maura Possley, a spokesperson for Attorney General Lisa Madigan, told NBC 5 that the court allowed 180 days before the decision will be returned to the lower court to be implemented, so Madigan's office and the legislature will take that time to consider what action to take.
How about instead of worrying about American citizens exercising their Rights to defend themselves, their loved ones and their property and start worrying about how to stop the bleeding from the public coffers?
Someone ought to make a little mark on the crime charts McCompStat has in his office. Because in about 6 months, he might finally see an actual drop in crime stats - the real stats, not the cooked up bullshit he's been feeding Rahm and the media for the past year plus.