The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place.
In a 2-1 decision that is a major victory for the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said the state’s ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional.
This was great news for the Constitution, for the rights of the American people, and for law-abiding residents of Illinois. We all know that Chicago, possibly one of the most violent cities in the nation, has extremely strict gun control laws. The problem, of course, is the laws only keep law-abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves. The laws do nothing to keep criminals from illegally obtaining firearms.
As it turns out, the state legislature in Illinois feels it would like to follow the Chicago model state wide. Democrats are now pushing two bills to ban 75% of handguns and 50% of long guns.
Illinois Senate Democrats advanced legislation late Wednesday to restrict semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, pressing forward with new gun control measures in the waning days of the session over the objections of firearms groups.
Amid the developments, the Illinois State Rifle Association issued an “urgent alert” to its members warning them that Democratic legislators were trying to push through last-minute anti-gun legislation.
“There would be no exemptions and no grandfathering,” the group stated in its alert. “You would have a very short window to turn in your guns to the state police and avoid prosecution.”
I don’t quite understand the open disdain for self-protection via a firearm. Especially when the Chicago model clearly shows such a violation of the Constitution makes matters worse.