A federal appeals court has struck down an Illinois ban on concealed-carry of loaded firearms in public, according to a story posted on WGN’s website. The court’s decision says that people both need to, and have the legal right to carry, firearms outside their homes and that the ban is unconstitutional.
Illinois is currently the only state in the U.S. not to allow concealed-carry of a loaded weapon. All other states allow it to some degree, with or without stipulations attached, and many states reciprocate with one another, meaning that certain states will honor concealed-carry permits from the states they have such agreements with.
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the 2nd Amendment applies to state and local gun laws, effectively bringing down any attempt by any state to strongly restrict firearm ownership. In the decision, Justice Alito said that the right to self-defense is a fundamental of Americans’ vision of liberty. The issue at stake with the decision, and what the Supreme Court didn’t touch on at the time, is whether there are gun control laws that can be reconciled with the 2nd Amendment. That is the challenge that concealed-carry opponents, and proponents of strict gun control measures in Illinois, must now grapple with.
how powerful is the gun lobby? i'm thinking not as much as perceived if so then Romney may have won. when you carry a gun you are virtually at war with every other fellow American, the psychological effect gives false sense of security which quickly morphs into a sense of "billy bad ass" more then willing to confront or in some cases seek out the confrontation because you have a gun becomes "because i can".