The next move in the battle to establish conceal carry in Illinois will likely be fought in court, after a federal judge in Springfield upheld the state's ban on residents carrying loaded guns in public. Given the fact that it is impossible for the police to be everywhere at once, Alton's Police Chief says he would support the implementation of a conceal carry law in Illinois- the only state in the union without some type of provision for law-abiding citizens to carry guns in public.
Judge Sue Myerscough said the U.S Supreme Court has not recognized a right to bear firearms outside the home. Alton Police Chief David Hayes (pictured) says opponents use arguments he disagrees with, but recognizes it is still an uphill battle
The 2010 U.S Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. Chicago stated the Second Amendment applies to states and that the right of an individual to "keep and bear arms" is protected by the Second Amendment. An appeal of the judges ruling is planned.