Illinois concealed carry law: Court won't reconsider ruling

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February 22, 2013 3:46:15 PM PST
Concealed carry is one step closer to legalization in Illinois. An appeals court says it will not reconsider a ruling that the state's ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional.

State lawmakers have until June 8th to come up with a law. They'll consider training, and other issues as they determine who can carry a concealed gun -- and where -- in Illinois.

"I do not want to live in a state where I have to ask for an ID to serve a drink, and see if someone has a permit to carry a gun," Glen Keefer, restaurant owner, said.

With the clock ticking, state legislators must fashion a concealed carry law that answers some basics: What are the requirements for a permit? What kind of training? What areas should be off-limits to concealed carry?

"Sporting events, farmers markets, street fairs, there are so many places that people gather. We want to make sure that people can't carry at those," Colleen Daley, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, said.

"It would be a recipe for disaster," Forrest Claypool, CTA president, said.

Transit officials told lawmakers they'd vigorously oppose any bill that allows bus and train riders to carry concealed weapons.

"We're not going to accept a ban on public transit. People's rights for self-defense shouldn't depend on their need for public transit," Todd Vandermyde, NRA, said.

The NRA says it will vigorously oppose any bill that creates long lists of no carry zones on Constitutional grounds.

All of this has to be sorted out by legislators - some of whom are looking to New York's concealed carry law as a model. It's one of the nation's strictest. You have to show "proper cause" before you get a concealed carry permit there and as a consequence, not many people do. New York City also has rules that are different from the rest of the state. Chicago and Cook County want the same consideration.

"Are you going to deny a single black woman in Englewood the same rights as someone downstate?" Dr. Paula Bradich, 2nd Amendment Sisters, said.

The latest court decision still leaves Attorney General Lisa Madigan the option of appealing the concealed carry decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. She's not saying whether she may do that - only that legislators should continue their work fashioning a bill.

There are two things about that that appear certain: it won't be easy and, whatever the result, there will be another court fight.