Illinois Gun Laws To Be Challenged In Court
August 3, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
Two lawsuits were recently filed in Illinois that challenged State laws that prohibit carrying firearms outside the home, according to The Wall Street Journal. These suits could ultimately end up in the United States Supreme Court and lead to a definitive ruling about gun rights in America, according to the newspaper.
Gun-control legislation in Illinois is some of the most restrictive in the country and bans almost everyone from carrying firearms in public, reports the newspaper. Previous Supreme Court decisions have been unclear about the Constitutionality of this type of ban, causing many gun-rights advocates to file lawsuits aiming to overturn these laws, according to the newspaper.
One of the lawsuits was filed by the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun advocate group. The founder, Alan Gottlieb, told the Journal that the group has filed 19 lawsuits in the past three years in hopes of having one reach the Supreme Court. “It’s flatly unconstitutional,” Gottlieb said of the current Illinois laws, according to the newspaper.
According to the National Rifle Association, 38 States currently allow the carrying of firearms if an appropriate permit is obtained.