Federal Judge to Rule on Statewide Concealed Carry Ban in Illinois

A federal judge is expected to issue a ruling soon on a lawsuit demanding the state of Illinois recognize the right to carry concealed weapons in public.

The lawsuit, filed by Michael Moore of Champaign, is among at least two federal cases seeking to end Illinois' status as the lone holdout in the nation when it comes to allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, attorney David Jensen with the Second Amendment Foundation told U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough in Springfield, Ill., that recent court cases have tossed out gun restrictions in other jurisdictions, making Illinois' ban an anachronism that deprives Illinoisans of the right of armed self-defense.

Assistant Illinois Attorney General Terrence Corrigan said Second Amendment advocates have no standing to move forward with the case because, "There has been no claim of individual harm."

SAF founder Alan Gottlieb told the Wall Street Journal that the suit is one of 19 the Bellevue, Wash.-based group has filed in the last three years in an attempt to get at least one before the United States Supreme Court to foster a definitive ruling about gun rights in America.

The Illinois ban, the most restrictive in the nation, is "flatly unconstitutional," Gottlien told the Journal.

Myerscough told the attorneys after the hearing on Aug. 4 that it could be a few days before she makes a decision in the case.

"I will not promise it will be tomorrow," the judge said.

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