Federal Appeals Court Rules Illinois Cannot Maintain Its Flat Ban On Concealed-Carry

 

 

 

 

 

 ” There are certain constants to life in Illinois. Abraham Lincoln has always been revered. The Cubs always find a way to lose. Lake Michigan never goes dry. Letting citizens carrying concealed firearms is out of the question.

But one of those is no longer true. Tuesday, a federal appeals court said the state cannot maintain its flat ban on concealed-carry—a policy that makes it unique among the 50 states. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have and use a gun for self-protection. Extending the logic of that decision, the appeals court said this freedom includes the right to carry a weapon outside the home.

“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 Park Tower,” wrote Judge Richard Posner. “To confine the right to be armed to the home is to divorce the Second Amendment from the right of self-defense…” ”

 

 

Illustration By Eric Allie