Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a U.S. Supreme Court decision should help settle an aspect of the debate over concealed carry in Illinois. One of the more contentious issues comes down to a choice between two words.
Those two words are "may" and "shall."
Gun-rights advocates want the law to say Illinois "shall" issue a permit. As in, unless there's an exception -- like someone fails a background check -- permits must be granted to anyone who wants to carry a gun.
Gun-control advocates want more restrictions, and a law that says only that the state "may" issue permits.
That's the law in New York, where in order to get a concealed-carry permit, applicants have to demonstrate a special need. A federal court said that's OK, and that's where the matter will rest -- the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review that decision.
Lisa Madigan says Illinois lawmakers should take note.
"The legislature now can look up and say a 'may-issue' statute is something that at this point is constitutional." -Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Madigan says she has not yet decided whether to appeal the court ruling that requires Illinois to have a concealed carry law.
The clock is still ticking toward an early-June deadline. Madigan says if legislators and Gov. Pat Quinn can reach a compromise, they should.
Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey contributed to this report.