A Gun Rights Victory in Illinois!

Jan Morgan

About the author: Jan is a nationally recognized 2nd Amendment Advocate/Speaker/ NRA Certified Firearms Instructor/ Associated Press Award winning investigative journalist/ Owner/Editor JanMorganMedia.com, Sr. Editor/Patriot Update/ Independent Constitutional Conservative. She is closely aligned with the Republican/ ... [read 's FULL BIO]

Before today, Illinois was the only state in the nation not to have some form of conceal carry after Wisconsin recently approved law.
This week, an appeals court hands the National Rifle Association and gun owners in Illinois a major victory by ruling that the state’s ban on carrying a gun publicly is UNCONSTITUTIONAL !!!

I am teaching a ladies gun class in Chicago on January 19th followed by a meet and greet with Chicago area citizens who are gun lovers. The fact that those fine gun folks there have won a battle makes my trip there even that much more exciting to me. I was dreading making the trip to a state where my concealed carry was not recognized.

Now, as the result of a 2 to 1 decision by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons. The judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place.

“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.

“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. 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.

“The Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment compelled the appeals court to rule the ban unconstitutional, the judges said. But the court gave 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.”

“The (Illinois) legislature, in the new session, will be forced to take up a statewide carry law,” said NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde.

The lobbyist said prior attempts to reach a middle ground with opponents will no longer be necessary because “those compromises are going out the window.”

Read more at The Chicago Tribune

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  • It’s about damned time.

  • Now we just have to get the boneheads in Springfield to put a law on the books. They have 180 days to do so.

  • Yes! and in Maryland, we have a defend your castle law for protecting our homes against intruders

  • ExNoZtoTheY

    2 to 1?

    That 1 should be fired!!

    I wonder if this has anything to do with Democrat State Sen. Donne Trotter getting caught recently.

  • George

    The only major problem I have found in this country is that you may have a CPL in one state but can not cross the state line with it, and that it is not recognized in all states. I would like to see that changed so I could take my gun anywhere in the United States.

    • Lori

      Hell NO!

  • Barry

    It’s about time, but let’s see if the libs take it to the scotus. My guess is they will.

  • Lori

    So disagtree with guns being unconsritutional. What has Illinis gone mad? Guns should be banned NOT carried in oublic! More shootings in public places will occur more often in Illinos especially in bar fivhts domestic fights revenge and yes even our children are in much more jeooardy in your state. I hooe they APPEAL this!!!!!Absolutely ludicous! Noine seems to give a dam about the twenty children and six adults were killed execution style no everyone is too selfish and worries about their oreciius guns Shame shame shame on you all!

  • daisykmt

    I ride in a vehicle to church services, with my concealed weapon in my purse. Upon arrival at the building, I have to take it out & leave it in the car, according to our laws. Then while inside, if an armed intruder comes in, say, to steal money from the contribution plate, we are all sitting ducks. It’s like a saying I saw implying that if a driver is stopped for drunk driving, all sober drivers should be punished by having their cars taken from them!