Appeal possible in concealed carry ruling

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal court ruling may have tossed out Illinois' ban on concealed weapons but the ban may not go down without a fight.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says she is studying the issue, while gun control advocates quickly urged her to appeal Tuesday's ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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.

The court announced Tuesday that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry.

Gov. Pat Quinn says his office will work with the General Assembly to fashion concealed carry legislation that protects public safety.

The governor says he will insist any Illinois law include "reasonable restrictions," such as prohibiting people with a history of mental illness from having the weapons. He says his office will review other states' laws.

Senator Bill Brady (R., Bloomington)also issued a statement:

"I am confident that members of the General Assembly will work diligently in coming weeks to enact a concealed carry law that will give law-abiding women and men the right to protect themselves outside their homes.  I am sure there will vigorous debate, but in the end I believe the legislature will act responsibly, consider appropriate safeguards and meet the court's mandated timeframe," he said. 

Brady also added:

"Already there are predictions that concealed carry would turn Illinois into the wild, wild West or allow gun owners to carry assault weapons on major Chicago thoroughfares if the General Assembly did not act.  Other states have dealt with this Second Amendment issue rationally and reasonably.  I am certain Illinois can too for the safety and protection of our families."

 

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