Earlier this week, a Federal appeals court struck down an Illinois ban on concealed carry, which was the most sweeping State concealed firearms law in the Nation.
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals gave lawmakers in the State six months to create legislation that legalizes concealed firearm carry in Illinois.
“The notion of concealed carry is something new to many Illinoisans,” said Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) Executive Director, Richard Pearson. “I can understand the apprehension some feel about people carrying defensive firearms in public. If they have heard some of the misinformation about concealed carry that I have heard, then that apprehension would come naturally. However, the truth of the matter is, studies consistently show that concealed carry has purely positive impacts on public safety.”
Pearson said his organization has helped lawmakers draft a concealed carry bill that addresses background checks, field provisions and other issues that lawmakers could pass by January.
A big concern for many of the victorious concealed carry advocates is that lawmakers in the State will ignore suggestions from groups like ISRA and introduce concealed carry bills with provisions so strict that few, if any, citizens would actually qualify for a permit. There’s also a concern that legislators could include gun taxes, gun bans and other unacceptable forms of gun control onto the court-ordered concealed carry legislation.