Will the state appeal the court ruling requiring Illinois to enact a concealed carry law? Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’s still weighing the situation. She is the named defendant in Moore vs. Madigan, the case that a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided last week in favor of the plaintiffs, declaring Illinois’ outright ban on concealed carry to be afoul of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The judges ordered the state to enact a law that allows concealed carry.
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Madigan says the massacre in Connecticut last week will have political implications, in terms of the governor and others seeking an assault weapons ban, but it will not affect the legal reasoning on whether to appeal the Moore decision. The state has until Jan. 8 to file an appeal to the full Seventh Circuit. Some gun advocates want the case to go to the Supreme Court, which might establish a national right to concealed carry. The plaintiffs in the Moore case are Michael Moore of Champaign, Charles Hooks of Percy, Peggy Fechter of Carmi and Jon Maier of Bloomington.