Concealed Carry: Illinois Supremes Catch Up on the Second Amendment

The Illinois Supreme Court has finally joined the rest of the nation in recognizing Second Amendment rights, including the ability to carry a concealed weapon in public. In a decision on September 12 in Illinois v. Aguilar, the Illinois court threw out as unconstitutional a state statute that made the “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon” a felony. This may not be the end of Second Amendment litigation in Illinois. That will depend on whether Illinois authorities administer the new concealed carry law in a reasonable manner and whether elected officials in places such as Chicago who are hostile to gun rights attempt to evade the intent of the statute and these court holdings. Only time will tell.

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