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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Illinois to join the rest of the United States?

Not voluntarily, unfortunately:

Court Strikes Down Illinois' Concealed Carry Ban

In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal — and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it.

In overturning a lower court decision, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban was unconstitutional and suggested a law legalizing concealed carry is long overdue in a state where gun advocates had vowed to challenge the ban on every front.

"There is no suggestion that some unique characteristic of criminal activity in Illinois justifies the state's taking a different approach from the other 49 states," Judge Richard Posner, who wrote the court's majority opinion. "If the Illinois approach were demonstrably superior, one would expect at least one or two other states to have emulated it."
The usual suspects (Chicago Demonrats) will fight this every inch, and try to meet the court's order in the most restrictive way possible - but perhaps this time next year I can celebrate not having had to leave my gun home when I go to work for six months!

Assuming there's reciprocity, of course. Open carry would be nice, but let's stay in reality - we are talking Ill-Annoys, here.

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