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Illinois Concealed Carry Gun Ban Overturned

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A panel of federal appeals court judges in Chicago stuck down the statewide ban concealed carry ban in Illinois. The ruling comes at a time when Americans on both sides of the gun control issues are discussing how best to prevent another mass shooting from ever taking place.

Some consider the Illinois concealed carry decision at odds with made by other federal courts on similar cases since the Supreme Court’s ruling that Americans have the right to carry a gun for self-defense purposes, according to the Huffington Post. State lawmakers now have six months to craft concealed carry regulations, ABC News reports.

7th US Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner had this to say about the Illinois gun ban ruling:

“A Chicagoan is a good deal more likely to be attacked on a sidewalk in a rough neighborhood than in his apartment on the 35th floor of the Park Tower.”

As previously noted by The Inquisitr, Chicago has one of the most violent crime rates in the United States. The gun ban ruling in Chicago pushes the issue of whether or not a well-armed populace thwarts or enhances crime. The Illinois concealed carry case may not make it possible for citizens to get a license to carry a gun to better protect themselves in public places.

Approximately 40 states allow residents to pack a gun in public. State and local regulations in both New York and California make it extremely difficult if not almost impossible to get licensed to carry a gun.

NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre had this to say about the need to carry a gun for self-defense:

“Clearly, the individual right under the Constitution does not apply only to your home. People have lives outside their home and the constitutional right applies outside their home. The only thing to stop a bd guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

In the District of Columbia verses Heller in 2008, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to end Washington’s ban on handgun ownership. The ruling largely focused on residents’ rights to use a gun to protect their home and left the debate for using a gun in other circumstances to be battled on another day.

Heller case attorney Alan Gura had this to say about the right to own a gun:

“In some of our most populated states, the right does not exist either because it’s completely forbidden or practically forbidden.”

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10 Responses to “Illinois Concealed Carry Gun Ban Overturned”

  1. Marcus Ho

    just for a different perspective…I'm a Democrat and have a license to carry a concealed handgun. I firmly believe that banning handgun concealed carry is idiotic and targeting the wrong people.

  2. Michelle Petty Mittlestadt

    I am a liberal with a gun also…I think the screening process should be stringent enough to keep the guns away from the mentally unstable-especially people who have been institutionalized with dangerous disorders. I also believe that it is absolutely unnecessary for private citizens to possess military assault rifles!

  3. Victoria Petty

    I have to totally agree with you. Non Military personal or police should have the right to buy anything but hunting rifles and revolvers.

  4. Brandon DeLong

    Then you are clearly against the constitution and the 2nd amendment. The right to bare arms was put there for common defense as well as defense from an abusive govt. So if only the military is armed and commanded by the abusive govt. the people would have no defense. You make NO SENSE!!!!! No weapon should be banned. Any LAW ABIDING citizen should be required to OWN a gun more so than be deprived of a weapon. For goodness sake, the people are hopeless.

  5. Brandon DeLong

    More people are killed each year by drunk driving incidents than killed with guns. Alcohol should be banned before the debate of any kind of "gun control" even is a thought of a debate. The fact this is even being talked about is a MAJOR FAIL for America.

  6. Scott Nowlan

    Good luck. Make sure your son doesn't get ahold of it like so many other kids. Then, only you will be the fool. Not the Bogyman.

  7. Chandler Webb

    It's unnecessary to have a car that goes faster than 55 MPH as well, but we still have it. It's unnecessary to have junk food, but it's still an option. Nobody needs anything more than the bare essentials required to keep them alive. Fortunately we live in a free society and are not restricted to that.

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