And Then There Were None

Say good­bye to the Land of Lin­coln as the lone hold­out from con­cealed carry laws.

In less than 180 days, you can finally pro­tect your­self south of the bor­der.   (You’re on your own in Chicago.)

In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a fed­eral appeals court in Chicago Tues­day tossed the state’s ban on car­ry­ing con­cealed weapons and gave Illi­nois’ Leg­is­la­ture 180 days to craft a law legal­iz­ing con­cealed carry.

The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013,” said Todd Van­dermyde, a lob­by­ist for the National Rifle Association.

In a split opin­ion, the 7th Cir­cuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court rul­ing in two cases down­state that upheld the state’s long­stand­ing pro­hi­bi­tion against car­ry­ing con­cealed weapons.

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,” Judge Richard Pos­ner wrote in the court’s major­ity opinion.

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 the­o­ret­i­cal and empir­i­cal evi­dence (which over­all is incon­clu­sive) is con­sis­tent with con­clud­ing that a right to carry firearms in pub­lic may pro­mote self-defense,” he continued.

Illi­nois had to pro­vide us with more than merely a ratio­nal basis for believ­ing that its uniquely sweep­ing ban is jus­ti­fied by an increase in pub­lic safety. It has failed to meet this bur­den,” Pos­ner wrote.

The Supreme Court’s inter­pre­ta­tion of the Sec­ond Amend­ment there­fore com­pels us to reverse the deci­sions in the two cases before us and remand them to their respec­tive dis­trict courts for the entry of dec­la­ra­tions of uncon­sti­tu­tion­al­ity and per­ma­nent injunc­tions,” he continued.

Nev­er­the­less we order our man­date stayed for 180 days to allow the Illi­nois leg­is­la­ture to craft a new gun law that will impose rea­son­able lim­i­ta­tions, con­sis­tent with the pub­lic safety and the Sec­ond Amend­ment as inter­preted in this opin­ion, on the car­ry­ing of guns in pub­lic,” Pos­ner said.

No com­ment yet from Demo­c­ra­tic Gov. Pat Quinn.

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