Attorney general asks for second extension to appeal concealed-carry case
BY ZACH BUCHHEIT Staff Reporter June 17, 2013 1:42PM
Updated: June 17, 2013 4:14PM
SPRINGFIELD-Attorney General Lisa Madigan has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to give her an extra 30 days to decide if she will appeal a lower court’s ruling to end Illinois’ last-in-the-nation ban on carrying concealed weapons in public.
Having already been granted one deadline extension to June 24, Madigan’s office on Friday asked the nation’s high court for a “second and final” postponement to July 24 as Gov. Pat Quinn’s office reviews a bill passed on the Legislature’s final day of session last month.
While Madigan has openly opined on and pressed the Legislature to take action on other issues like same-sex marriage, the potential 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary candidate has yet to say if she will appeal the concealed-carry case.
Quinn – who has publically urged Madigan to appeal the lower court’s ruling – along with State Police Director Hiram Grau and Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds also signed the petition for an extension.
The state has until July 9 to lift its ban after an original deadline was pushed back earlier this month when the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Madigan an extension. The same court last December ruled the state’s ban on concealed carry unconstitutional and gave the Legislature and Quinn 180 days to pass a new law.
By law, Quinn has 60 days since his office received the bill on June 5 to make a decision on concealed-carry legislation that overwhelmingly passed the Legislature in the final hours of its May 31 adjournment. But the court-ordered deadline would cut that timeframe short by nearly a month.
The legislation that could become law with the stroke of Quinn’s pen would require the Illinois State Police to grant a concealed-carry permit to anyone with a Firearm Owners Identification card who passes a background check, receives 16 hours of training and pays a $150 fee.
The bill, unlike a previous version, would allow local municipalities to retain some laws, such as Chicago’s ban on military-style ‘assault’ weapons. But it would limit local control on handguns and ban carrying loaded weapons in certain places including schools, bars and public transit.
“We are reviewing the legislation,” said Quinn spokesperson Brooke Anderson.