Appeals court won’t reconsider concealed carry ruling
ASSOCIATED PRESS February 22, 2013 11:52AM
Sun-Times Media File
Updated: March 24, 2013 6:09AM
A federal appeals court in Chicago won’t reconsider an earlier ruling that Illinois’ concealed-carry ban is unconstitutional.
A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois’ ban in December and gave state lawmakers until June 8 to legalize the concealed carry of firearms.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked for all 10 judges to review the decision, saying it conflicted with decisions by other federal appellate courts and goes beyond what the U.S. Supreme Court has held.
Illinois is the only state in the nation that still has a ban in place.
Gun-rights advocates have argued the prohibition violates the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. In the December ruling, Appellate Judge Richard Posner agreed, saying there’s nothing to suggest crime in Illinois is different enough to justify its ban.