facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Concealed weapons now legal in Illinois

Dec. 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
CHICAGO, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago Tuesday struck down an Illinois law barring ordinary citizens from carrying concealed weapons.

The 2-1 decision is seen as a major victory for the National Rifle Association, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"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 the Park Tower," Appellate Judge Richard Posner wrote.

"We are disinclined to engage in another round of historical analysis to determine whether 18th-century America understood the Second Amendment to include a right to bear guns outside the home. The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside."

The court then gave the state Legislature 180 days to craft a new law with "reasonable limitations."

Second Amendment Foundation attorney David Sigale labeled the decision "historic."

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia
2
Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church
3
No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed
4
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
5
Eric Frein manhunt refocuses after possible sighting Eric Frein manhunt refocuses after possible sighting
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback