A group aimed at preventing concealed carry in Illinois is calling on the Illinois attorney general to take the argument to the U.S. Supreme Court. Members of the Stop Concealed Carry Coalition gathered on the ground floor of the Thompson Center in Chicago Thursday to voice their concern about concealed carry and to call on Attorney General Lisa Madigan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a lower court’s decision that threw out Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons in public.
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“Lisa Madigan has a job to do and she’s the only person who can do it,” said Lee Goodman of the coalition. “She’s the only person on this planet that can take this appeal to the United States Supreme Court.” In December a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals declared that Illinois’ outright prohibition on concealed carry was unconstitutional. In January Madigan asked the full 7th Circuit Court to rehear the argument but that request was denied.
As lawmakers in Springfield work to craft concealed carry legislation before a June deadline as ordered by the court, Madigan’s last option is to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Stop Concealed Carry Coalition also points to a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that contradict the 7th Circuit Court decision as a reason why an appeal to the Supreme Court should be made. The Supreme Court has not ruled on concealed carry in public, because 49 states allow it, in some form, by statute.