• Appeals court denies AG’s request to reconsider conceal carry ruling

    by  • February 22, 2013 • News

    The full 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has denied IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request to reconsider its recent ruling that Illinois must develop a law allowing concealed carrying of firearms, and giving the General Assembly 180 days to create such a law.gavel 3

    In December a four-member panel of the U.S. Appeals Court found Illinois’ outright ban on conceal carry was a violation of the Second Amendment, and ordered lawmakers to pass a law allowing some form of conceal carry in the state. Illinois is the only state in the nation without a conceal carry law.

    If she chooses, Madigan could appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but at this time it seems highly unlikely that she would take such a step.

    The Attorney General says she hasn’t decided whether to appeal the ruling, but has 90 days to decide whether to take her argument to the high court.

    In a statement, Madigan says the appellate court ruling gave Illinois lawmakers a framework for drafting a new la, noting it is critical the Legislature enact a law that protects public safety.

    As the Appellate Court handed down its refusal, today, representatives from government agencies took turns speaking at a hearing in Chicago about how Illinois should carry out a court-ordered law letting people carry concealed weapons.

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke today at the Illinois House Judiciary Committee hearing. She urged extensive background checks and said guns shouldn’t be allowed in schools, nursing homes, churches and government-owned and operated buildings. Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool said allowing guns on crowded trains and buses would be a “recipe for disaster.”

    Representatives from law enforcement and the National Rifle Association also are scheduled to speak.