Two area state representatives are applauding Tuesday's decision by the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals, ordering the state to draft a law allowing concealed carry within the next six months. The fight over the right to carry a concealed weapon in public is supported by Alton Democrat Dan Beiser and Glen Carbon Republican Dwight Kay, further illustrating the apparent regional opposition to gun rights in general shown mostly by those in the northern part of the state.
But that's not to say all northern Illinois politicians will oppose the ruling, according to Beiser.
Kay says State Representative Brandon Phelps sponsored concealed-carry legislation which stopped short of passing the House this year.
Illinois is the only state which does not allow gun owners to carry a weapon outside the home. The Illinois attorney general’s office is committing only to review the federal appeals court ruling.