People in Illinois will have to wait until a concealed carry system is in place before they can legally carry a gun in public. A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit asking that the state’s new concealed carry law take effect immediately. Mary Shepherd, a Southern Illinois gun activist, filed the suit earlier this month, along with the Illinois State Rifle Association, claiming it was unconstitutional for the state to require people wait until the state police get a system in place.
They claimed the six to nine month waiting period continued to deprive people of their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Some counties have passed local laws that allow people to carry a gun in public. Those laws will be taken off the books once the state system is up and running.