In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal — and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it.
Locally, state legislators looked forward to seeing what legislation will be proposed to address the issue.
State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said conceal and carry is the No. 1 issue constituents ask her about, while state Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) said even legislators who have historically opposed it will now have incentive to vote in favor: Without any action by the General Assembly, the state statute regarding unauthorized use of weapons would effectively “dissolve,” he said.
Gov. Pat Quinn, who favors strict gun control laws, did not immediately comment on the ruling. An aid for Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Madigan’s office would review the ruling before deciding whether to appeal or take action.
Read more in Wednesday’s NewsTribune.