Two private citizens and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) have filed a Federal lawsuit challenging Illinois’ prohibition of the carrying of firearms for self-defense.
According to The Associated Press, Illinois residents Michael Moore of Champaign and Charles Hooks of Percy, along with the SAF, filed the suit on May 12, eight days after a measure that would have allowed residents to carry concealed weapons failed in the State Legislature. Moore is a former corrections officer and Hooks is a farmer, the news provider reported.
Illinois and Wisconsin are the only States that ban citizens from carrying concealed firearms for self-defense. However, SAF Vice President Alan Gottlieb asserted that Wisconsin at least allows its citizens to carry non-concealed weapons.
“Only Illinois makes it statutorily impossible for average private citizens to carry firearms for self-defense,” said Gottlieb. “Whether Illinois lawmakers like it or not, the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms is the law of the land.”
Gottlieb added that he was surprised that Illinois legislators have not acquiesced to last year’s Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. Chicago, in which justices ruled that the 2nd Amendment applies to State and local governments.