Federal court strikes down Illinois ban on carrying concealed weapons
In a victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons -- the only total concealed-carry ban in the country.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals gave state lawmakers six months to come up with their own version of the law that legalizes concealed carry.Read the actual ruling here. The new law legalizing some form of concealed carry in the state of Illinois could be in place by January. Let's take a look at that again: By the time Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, all fifty states could have some provision for concealed carry in one form or another...
- States that allow Constitutional Carry: Currently 4 (AK, AZ, VT, WY)
- States with "May Issue" permits: 10 (AL, CA, DE, HI, NY, CT, MD, MA, NJ, and now IL)
- States with "Shall Issue" permits: 36 (all the rest, go look 'em up yourself...)
Let that sink in. In 80% of states, anyone wanting a permit to carry a firearm concealed can get it as long as they follow the requirements. Only 20% may deny their citizens the right for no good reason. Who's on the right side, here? Those 40 states, do they have crime rates far in excess of the 10? Nope. CT is the 37th most violent state, but CA is the 14th. Maryland is the 8th most dangerous. It's like there's no correlation between how liberal (ha!) a state's gun laws are and the violent crime rate.
Kevin puts up the map showing how far we've come.
In 1986, there were 16 no-issue states. Today there are 0.
In 1986, there were 25 may-issue states. Today there are 10.
In 1986, 41 states either did not permit concealed carry at all or put laws in place whereby a citizen could be denied their enumerated right for no reason whatsoever. Today, some 26 years later, there are only 10 left. In that same time frame, the number of states requiring no permit whatsoever has quadrupled, and several other states have filed legislation to do the same.
The momentum for personal protection continues to swing our way.
That is all.