Awesome. It’s always good to see liberty spreading.
CHICAGO (AP) — 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.
In overturning a lower court decision, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban was unconstitutional and suggested a law legalizing concealed carry is long overdue in a state where gun advocates had vowed to challenge the ban on every front.
“There is no suggestion that some unique characteristic of criminal activity in Illinois justifies the state’s taking a different approach from the other 49 states,” Judge Richard Posner, who wrote the court’s majority opinion. “If the Illinois approach were demonstrably superior, one would expect at least one or two other states to have emulated it.”
A two-fer today! Illinois liberals get a smackdown on their illegal gun ban and the unions in Michigan get the boot!
A GREAT DAY for freedom!
It’s a good decision but I disagree with the holding. And it’s a small point, but relying on the Duggan paper to “prove” that concealed weapon laws don’t increase handgun ownership is garbage.
But I continue to be confused as to why the balance between individual fearfulness and public safety should favor the fearful. I certainly hope the Supremes think long and hard about what kind of precedent that sets for public policy in general.
Posner: “There’s no room for any state to be different in this case! Illinois must be doing it wrong.”
I really don’t give a crap about gun laws, and I’m sure there’s some truth to what he’s saying…but what a horrible, simplistic argument to make, especially from a man that thinks so highly of himself and how smart he is.