Wow, what’s going on in the midwest? First sanity comes to Michigan with a right to work law and now the law-abiding citizens of Illinois may actually be legally able to protect themselves from the marauders. Can’t wait for renowned Second Amendment expert Bob Costas to chime in.
In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a divided federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state’s ban on carrying concealed weaponsand gave Illinois’ Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry.
“The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.
In a split opinion, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the state’s longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons.
Illinois is the only state with an outright prohibition on concealed carry.
“We are disinclined to engage in another round of historical analysis to determine whether eighteenth-century America understood the Second Amendment to include a right to bear guns outside the home,” Judge Richard Posner wrote in the court’s majority opinion.
“The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside. The theoretical and empirical evidence (which overall is inconclusive) is consistent with concluding that a right to carry firearms in public may promote self-defense,” he continued.
“Illinois had to provide us with more than merely a rational basis for believing that its uniquely sweeping ban is justified by an increase in public safety. It has failed to meet this burden,” Posner wrote.
This ruling, of course, will be greeted with overwrought hysteria from the anti-choice crowd on the left that despises the notion that individuals should be able to protect themselves.
In a minority opinion, Judge Ann Williams wrote that Illinois is within its rights to ban weapons in “sensitive places” like government buildings, churches and universities in the name of safety.
Those are the places the mass killers will put first on their lists of places to terrorize. How safe was a “sensitive place” like Virginia Tech when 32 people died needlessly because nobody war armed? Or at the University of Alabama when lefty nutcase Amy Bishop went on a rampage?