Illinois Concealed Carry Law Coming in 180 Days!

Victory in Illinois!: The Second Amendment Foundation has won a huge victory for the right to bear arms outside the home, with a ruling in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that declares the right to self-defense is “broader than the right to have a gun in one’s home.” The case of Moore v. Madigan, with Judge Richard Posner writing for the majority, gives the Illinois legislature 180 days to “craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment…on the carrying of guns in public.” “We are very happy with Judge Posner’s majority opinion,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “This is a victory for Illinois citizens who have been long denied a right recognized in the other 49 states; to have the means necessary for self-defense outside the home. In the broader sense,” he added, “this ruling affirms that the right to keep and bear arms, itself, extends beyond the boundary of one’s front door. This is a huge victory for the Second Amendment.” … (There’s that “other 49 states” argument again. The reality is that SAF has also been litigating against the fact that the mere existence of a statute authorizing the issuance of carry permits does not necessarily mean that they are being issued if the issuing authorities are free to impose their own standards for doing so.)

One Response to “Illinois Concealed Carry Law Coming in 180 Days!”

  1. IL Tactical Blog | December 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    The question is how onerous and difficult will they make it to get a permit. They might follow the California model and leave it up to county police chiefs to decide who has good cause to qualify, or the state might retain the process themselves and follow the Chicago model; make applicants pay hefty fees and fill out piles paperwork, take hours of required training along with obstacles and hoops to jump through, to discourage people from applying. Either way, somehow I suspect that it will be a convoluted and red-tape infused process.

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