The Illinois attorney general’s office is trying to salvage the state’s ban on concealed carry, announcing Tuesday the filing of a petition asking that all the judges on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals review a lawsuit challenging the ban. Last month, a three-judge panel ruled that Illinois’ outright ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional, and gave state lawmakers 180 days to write a law allowing concealed carry with reasonable restrictions.
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Attorney General spokeswoman Maura Possley says that clock is still ticking. “The 180-day clock that the December decision set is still ticking, so unless the full 7th Circuit grants our petition that we filed today and agrees to hear the case, that 180 day clock continues,” Possley said. In a statement, Attorney General Lisa Madigan (pictured) says the court’s decision “goes beyond what the U.S. Supreme Court has held” and conflicts with decisions by two other federal appellate courts.
It is rare for judges to grant an en banc hearing.