Gun Rights Group Takes Fight For Concealed Carry To Higher Court

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — A gun rights group is appealing after a downstate federal judge ruled against allowing Illinois to carry concealed weapons.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, Springfield U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough ruled Monday that the Second Amendment allows citizens to protect themselves in their homes, but not on the street.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports

Illinois is the only state, along with the District of Columbia, that does not have some kind of provision allowing people to carry of weapons.

Gun owners say that infringes on their right to keep and bear arms, and an interest group, the Second Amendment Foundation, is now appealing the decision to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb says citizens “don’t check our constitutional rights at the front door.”

A similar lawsuit filed in Illinois and backed by the National Rifle Association remains in federal court.

Separately, a downstate Republican Congressman has been pushing for a federal law that would guarantee the right to carry concealed weapons nationwide.

In December, downstate U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) introduced the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, HR 3543, which would permit anyone who obtains a permit to carry a concealed weapon in another state to carry weapons legally in Illinois.

In a news release on his Web site, Johnson characterizes carrying concealed weapons as a “constitutional right” that should be guaranteed to all citizens, saying “the Second Amendment could not be more clear on this issue.”
Johnson blames Cook County for the fact that concealed carry still is not permitted in Illinois.

Concealed carry legislation at the state level so far has failed.

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  • James Hamilton

    voice your support for HB 148 Brandon Phelps said he may bring it up again around March and guess what.

    ISRA is proud to sponsor Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day for 2012. Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Forget the hassle of parking near the Capitol! IGOLD will have buses going to Springfield from strategic locations throughout Illinois. Ride the bus, ride with your friends. This year there are additional buses in the Chicago area.

    • InalienableWrights

      How many idiotic statements can you put into one article? The is no fuk’n such thing as a Constitutional right for starters. There are only inalienable-rights and the people of the states used to understand that and would never have tolerated being disarmed without much blood shed.

      • InalienableWrights

        Also one must be mad to want to give the federal tyrants any more power – as we have seen how they overstep what they already have. An act would also be unconstitutional (like most of the laws passed today) because the feds are given no authority whatsoever to get involved in gun legislation. In fact the 2nd amendment explicitly prohibits it.

  • JC

    Do any fact checking there CBS? It’s been appealed to the 7th circuit court of appeals….not SCOTUS. It may likely get to SCOTUS, but it isn’t there yet. This is why people don’t trust anything news outlets say.

  • James Hamilton
  • Keith

    Its time for the people to get rid of these long seated politicians and Emanual I didnt vote for him and I never will ,,,,The stats show that crime will go down and the unemployment of Cops will be HIGH,,,,Lets get these people out and true Chicagoans in they are running people out this city by the day highest taxes in the world all these revenue building scames with these cameras its time for all this mess to go

  • Jim

    The only constitutional right that Illinois cares about is the right to pensions!

  • PG

    “U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough ruled Monday that the Second Amendment allows citizens to protect themselves in their homes, but not on the street.” – quote from the story. What!?! What kind of insane babbling is this? We, as law abiding citizens, have no right to protect ourselves other than in our homes? That is one of the dumbest things that I have ever heard a judge say. Simply unreal, but it is par for the course in the backwards state known as Illinois.

    • InalienableWrights

      The courts were never meant to be the final arbiter of our rights. The people in many other ways including juries, and 10th amendment nullification are 2 of our many checks on this kind of government tyranny.

  • franklin808

    Johnson blames Cook County ….

    Since the majority of people in Illinois live in Cook County, shouldn’t Cook County determine the laws of Illinois? Majority rules. If you do not like Cook County, then move out of Illinois.

    • InalienableWrights

      Are you serous? Are you one of those guberment educated people that think we live in a democracy? If so there is little hope for this republic.

  • Mr. Justice

    There are 49 other states the gun kooks can go live in. If Illinois is so dangerous that you feel the need to be armed, then take your paranoid little mind and move away, like any normal person would do. Why live somewhere you feel threatened? I’ve lived and worked in Cook county all 52 years of my life, and the only people who have ripped me off are the politicians, and unfortunately, having a gun won’t stop them.

    • Afro

      Mr. If you don’t like the Supreme Law Of The Land than you can go live someplace else. CCW in Illinois is coming. You don’t have to carry if you don’t want to but I and many already do and will face the supreme court when the time comes. I have never lost my right to carry.

    • InalienableWrights

      One more thing you fluoride brain damaged – guberment schooled person. Stopping guberment tyranny is the PRIMARY reason we arm ourselves. There sure are a LOT of dumb arses on this planet

    • InalienableWrights

      It’s shocking to see good little slaves like you Mr. Justice. Every tin pot dictator on the planet would love to have clones of your sorry guberment school educated arse. Then the slaughter would be assured.

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    • InalienableWrights

      This is a clear example of a treason judge that needs to be removed from office….in any way possible.

  • juju

    I really want to like what many of you are saying, but there is one jack ass who keeps spewing some goofy stuff. Man, how stupid can one person actual be.

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