The right to bear arms. The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution can be interpreted differently, but one thing's for sure, concealed carry will soon be legal in Illinois in some form. Illinois was the one and only state with a complete ban on the issue, but that's all changed with a court's ruling.
The 7th District Court of Appeals strikes down Illinois' concealed carry ban. Some state leaders are rising up in support while others raise concerns about guns and violence.
"What we're doing is going to legalize guns and then guess what? A lot of those guns are going to end up in the wrong hands." -says 67th District State Representative Chuck Jefferson.
It's a controversial topic but one lawmaker says this isn't a free-for-all. State leaders in this area assure there will be background checks and training before a concealed carry permit is issued. Plus, some individuals won't be allowed to participate.
"If you have any history of criminal activity or domestic violence you cannot participate in this. Those that have a history of mental illness will not be allowed to carry." -says 34th District State Senator Dave Syverson.
Senator Syverson says now that the ban is lifted, there's work to be done in Springfield.
"The next step will be negotiations between the Senate leaders and they'll decide who should be the sponsor of that bill and then they'll work with all the parties to draft up legislation that we think is going to be passable."
69th District Representative Joe Sosnowski is ready to move the issue.
"The legislation's there. We're ready to introduce it in the lame-duck session coming up. I would expect the House sponsor Representative Brandon Phelps will do." -he says.
Lawmakers in Springfield have 180 days to write the new law. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is scheduled to release a statement on the ruling.
Earlier we reported...
CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal appeals court has struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois -- the only state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Tuesday that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry.
The ruling is a victory for gun rights advocates, who argue that the prohibition against concealed weapons violates the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment and what they see as Americans' right to carry guns for self-defense.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says it is reviewing the ruling and would comment Tuesday.
The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by former corrections officer Michael Moore of Champaign, farmer Charles Hooks of Percy in southeastern Illinois and the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation.
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