Illinois Attorney General Moves To Salvage Concealed Carry Ban
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the state’s ban on concealed carry to be upheld. She is asking all ten judges on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a lawsuit challenging the ban.
Last month, a three-judge panel of the same court of appeals struck down the ban as unconstitutional. Illinois is the only state where some form of concealed carry is not allowed. The judges suggested that lifting the ban in Illinois was long-overdue, giving state lawmakers 180 days to write a law making the carrying of concealed weapons legal.
In Madigan’s petition to the Court of Appeals, she says the ruling by the three-judge panel conflicts with other court decisions:
“In ruling that Illinois must allow individuals to carry ready-to-use firearms in public, the 7th Circuit Court’s decision goes beyond what the U.S. Supreme Court has held and conflicts with decisions by two other federal appellate courts. Based on those decisions, it is appropriate to ask the full 7th Circuit to review this case and consider adopting an approach that is consistent with the other appellate courts that have addressed these issues after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Heller and McDonald decisions.”