Conceal carry legislation has a taken a turn in a favorable direction for gun safety advocates. On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to rule on New York’s restrictive concealed carry law, which residents have to give a good reason for needing to carry a concealed weapon.
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“What that says to the lawmakers here in Illinois is that a may-issue statute, at this point, continues to be a constitutional viable way of putting in place a conceal carry regime,” Attorney General Lisa Madigan (pictured) said.
An appellate court ruled that it was unconstitutional for Illinois to have a ban on carrying a concealed weapon. Madigan says she has held off on appealing the ruling because she wanted to know what the U.S. Supreme Court would decide regarding New York’s law.
“At the end of the day even if we had filed cert the very day that the 7th circuit denied the rehearing en banc, (the case) still wouldn’t have been heard till some point later this year, at the earliest. It doesn’t have an impact, and this is the important point, on the 180 day clock,” Madigan said.