Illinois will no longer be the only state to forbid law-abiding citizens any means of carrying a gun for self-defense. The ban on concealed carry in that state was struck down by a panel of judges at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States.
The lead plaintiff, Mary Shepard, held concealed carry permits in Utah and Florida, but was unable to carry in Illinois. She was also the victim of a vicious attack in September, 2009.
The 2-1 ruling cited, in her favor among other cases, the Heller and McDonald cases decided by 5-4 Supreme Court rulings. But Judge Richard Posner also wrote, "Twenty-first century Illinois has no hostile Indians. But a Chicagoan is a good deal more likely to be attacked on a sidewalk than in his apartment on the 35th floor."
“Today’s ruling is a victory for all law abiding citizens in Illinois and gun owners throughout the country,” said Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of NRA, in a statement posted on the NRA web site.
"This ruling makes clear that Illinois cannot deny law-abiding residents the right to carry a firearm for self-defense outside the home. This is a step in the right direction for all gun owners. We know it probably won’t be the end of this case, and we’re ready to keep fighting until the courts fully protect the entire Second Amendment," NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox said.
The court gave the Illinois Legislature 180 days to craft a concealed carry law.
Article by Harold Hutchison