DECATUR-- “It’s a huge victory moving forward.” This was the reaction of State Rep. Bill Mitchell upon hearing of the appeals court’s decision to rule Illinois ban on concealed carry as unconstitutional.
In a landmark decision this morning the 7th Circuit of Appeals Court ruled that having an outright ban on concealed carry was a violation of the U.S. Constitution. With the decision, lawmakers will have 180 days to write a law that legalizes concealed carry.
Mitchell says he is happy with the decision and that it shows Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Gov. Quinn that the rest of the state has an opinion that matters and a voice to be heard.
“This is a win in the face of House Speaker Madigan, Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanual, who wanted to violate the 2nd amendment for their own narrow minded political gain.”
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she will take a look at the ruling and will comment on whether her office will attempt to appeal the decision.
Illinois remains the only state in the U.S. without some sort of concealed carry law.