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Fed Court Strikes Down Illinois Concealed Carry Ban

December 11, 2012  | 

Photo: POLICE file
Photo: POLICE file

A federal appeals court struck down Illinois' ban on carrying a concealed, permitted handgun Tuesday in the latest victory for gun-rights advocates.

U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the nation's last remaining state ban on concealed carry by a 2-1 vote and declared the law unconstitutional.

In the ruling, justices wrote that the state failed to prove that its "uniquely sweeping ban is justified by an increase in public safety," reports the Chicago Tribune.

The decision is a major victory for the National Rifle Association, which had challenged the ban. Wisconsin became the 49th state to end its ban on concealed carry in June 2011.

Comments (25)

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Leonard Mather @ 12/11/2012 4:36 PM

All the Perps, ne'er-do-wells, rapists, robbers and thieves will be upset with this ruling. After all, it infringes upon their civil liberties to do their thing unimpeded. What will Jesse and Al think about this?!

K Herbert @ 12/11/2012 4:58 PM

It is about time the courts started to uphold the rights of the people and not just the criminals. Now it is time for the criminals to pay for the trials they cause when they are found guilty of the crimes they commit and pay for the salaries of the people on the juries.

Frank @ 12/11/2012 5:27 PM

Great day for the average Joe trying to protect his family and property. The way I see it if the Obama Administration wants to let the Illegals run free along with the gangs and drug cartels. The responsible taxpayer who pays the way for every ones elses rights should be allowed to carry.

R Gregg @ 12/11/2012 5:31 PM

Who chose this graphic? It looks like two concealed crriers are about to shoot it out.

JAmes @ 12/11/2012 7:22 PM

So will all the government thugs who want to keep the people under their thumbs and defenseless.

Jack Betz @ 12/11/2012 7:35 PM


charlie n @ 12/11/2012 8:09 PM

I live in Montana. While driving down even the largest city in the state, Billings, population around 110,000 you'll often see gun racks carrying rifles in the back windows of pickup trucks. You'll also see men AND women walking down the streets armed in one way or another, of course excluding federal buildings, court houses, schools and banks. Yes, we do have our share of gun involved killings but the majority of them are by spouses or people who know each other. While one of these deaths is one too many, you'd be amazed at what they compare to shootings between unknown people, drive by's , your everyday crime in nature. I do believe that in the back of the mind of the baddest badass is the thought that someone he may attempt to prey upon just may be carrying a weapon and not only is carrying it, but is not afraid to use it in self defense. Perhaps if enough Illinois citizens are known to be carrying the sky high murder rate (especially in Chicago) will go down. Bottom line, if you're going to carry it, know how to use it. And if you pull it, be prepared to use it because if you don't it will be used against you! Congrats Ill. judges! You've made a wise and noble decision.

Sgt brown @ 12/11/2012 8:17 PM

Gee, why do they always forget that Hawaii does not issue CCW permits. Even retired LE cannot get permits from their agency in Hawaii (current court case). That's why most guys retire back to the mainland. Good luck being non LE and getting a permit / last I heard their were less than 10 permits on all islands. Way to go Ill.

William 322 @ 12/11/2012 8:48 PM

My Glock .40 never spent any time in mothballs any way..... My Right To Bear Arms....

Capt. Crunch @ 12/11/2012 8:50 PM

Thank God, its about time Illinois will be a safer place now.

Dom @ 12/11/2012 11:25 PM

@ Sgt. Brown, What about H.R. 218? Are you telling me that does not apply to retired LE in Hawaii? Wow... I thought Hawaii was a "May issue" state....

goldwing @ 12/12/2012 12:05 AM

It's about time. Those that will benefit from this most will be those living in high crime areas of the city. Now they can defend themselves. But there are still battles ahead on this one. The anti-gun crowd is not going to go peacefully.

"Logic dictates, that if Pro-Gunners were as violent as Anti-gunners say they are, there wouldn't be any Anti-gunners left."

Now if we can just get rid of those anti-gun mayors and Police Chiefs we might be able to drive the criminals out of town. The criminals in Chigaco are not happy tonight.

Random @ 12/12/2012 12:42 AM

Ironic that the story is about concealed carry and the picture has one man brandishing and anouther man with one holstered on his hip.

DEADMAN @ 12/12/2012 2:31 AM

I guess this means that the defense attorneys in Chicago will soon run out of defendants to represent,they'll have to resort to chasing ambulances.

serpico @ 12/12/2012 4:09 AM

hope it holds they have to go to work on the castle doctrine ..we have one of the worse ..written ones in the entire u.s...any comments on that?

S.S @ 12/12/2012 6:13 AM

Even courts get it right on occassion...finally.

Brad @ 12/12/2012 6:14 AM

Article IV, Section 1. U S Constitution.
Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.
Congress should pass a law about CHL's and settle the mess once and for ALL. People traveling from one state to or thru another should not have to worry about breaking a specific state law about a right their home state gave them.

aj groves @ 12/12/2012 6:57 AM

yeeppp bought my 110 lbs. lovely wife a taures public defender yesterday i feel so much better

JBaker1944 @ 12/12/2012 9:11 AM

I am soooo tired of Wisconsin criminals coming to Northern Illinois because "everybody knows you fools ain't got no guns" here. Little old ladies, young moms mugged mid day mid week, 9th highest crime rate in a city in the US. I took my tax dollars elsewhere and would have left Illinois permanently within a year if concealed caarry wasn't just over the horizon. I just want to hold 'em off until the cops arrive, ladies and gentlemen.

colcbp @ 12/12/2012 1:25 PM

I still think of my wife's idea from years ago, before Escape from New York and Hunger Games, when she said to put all the gang bangers on some island and make sure all were armed, with amnesty for the last one to survive.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/12/2012 8:39 PM

The NRA is a terrorist organization with killing as many citizens as they can as their goal. They want every gang banger to be able to conceal carry any gun they want at any location they want and to kill any person they want as part of their right to bear arms. This I have problems with. Too many people carry too many guns like assault weapons which have no legal purpose other than to kill people. Now conceal that full auto tech-9 so you too can shoot as many people at the mall you want because the NRA wants you to have the right to murder anybody you want because its your right to carry anything you want concealed.

VBDEP @ 12/12/2012 10:05 PM

@Ima Leprechaun, I doubt your'e really an LEO or a retired one. How about sharing that mythical pot of gold with the rest of us so we can go to a land where we won't have to defend you, ourselves or our loved ones. Till then, I'll carry everywhere under the Hb218. It's about time law abiding citizens have the right to carry concealed to protect themselves, provided they get the proper training and learn the laws. LEOs can't be everywhere and then when they do get there it's an "after the fact" deal. Like an old saying goes "When you need the police they're only a phone call away, but you need help now." Be Safe out there my brothers and sisters in blue. And have a Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year.

neder @ 12/14/2012 10:17 PM

HB218 was a "gift" to us, and we should utilize it 24/7. If the teachers and staff at Sandy Hookn Elementary were armed, the tragedy could have been avoided or at least mitigated. Both my ex-wife and girlfriend have their concealed weapons permits. It is just common sense.

Thor @ 12/19/2012 4:23 PM

My LEO experience spans 3 PD's. The first two had limited space and records/co-workers gone. Any idea how I can get info to prove total LEO experience? Sequential years I just moved to get a BS in Criminal Justice. Use CCW now. HB218 didn't exist when I retired but now I'm old enough to collect annuity pension from last city, others paid into SS but getting exact dates as been elusive.
How come nothing comes from Newtown PD? All state LEO'S. Thanks

Thor @ 12/19/2012 4:23 PM

My LEO experience spans 3 PD's. The first two had limited space and records/co-workers gone. Any idea how I can get info to prove total LEO experience? Sequential years I just moved to get a BS in Criminal Justice. Use CCW now. HB218 didn't exist when I retired but now I'm old enough to collect annuity pension from last city, others paid into SS but getting exact dates as been elusive.
How come nothing comes from Newtown PD? All state LEO'S. Thanks

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