Concealed carry: Court strikes down Illinois' ban

 

By Ray Long, Annie Sweeney and Monique Garcia Tribune reporters 3:32 p.m. CST, December 11, 2012 The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place. In a 2-1 decision that is a major victory for the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said the state's ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional. "We are disinclined to engage in another round of historical analysis to determine whether eighteenth-century America understood the Second Amendment to include a right to bear guns outside the home. The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside," the judges ruled. Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-us-appeals-court-s...