Ex-PH2 sends us a WGN link to the announcement that a Federal appeals court has struck down Illinois’ ban on concealed carry;
Justices said the right to bear arms for self-defense is as important outside the home as inside.
The court gave Illinois lawmakers six months to put its own version of the law in place.
Illinois is the only state in the nation not to have some form of conceal carry.
Added From ABCNews;
Richard Posner wrote in the court’s majority opinion. “The theoretical and empirical evidence (which overall is inconclusive) is consistent with concluding that a right to carry firearms in public may promote self-defense.”
He continued: “Illinois had to provide us with more than merely a rational basis for believing that its uniquely sweeping ban is justified by an increase in public safety. It has failed to meet this burden.”
The court ordered its ruling stayed “to allow the Illinois legislature to craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment as interpreted in this opinion, on the carrying of guns in public,” Posner said.
I guess the thugs, both the public and private variety, are shaking in their respective boots.