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IMPORTANT! Supreme Court and Concealed Carry Going to Meet Soon
I saw this being discussed on Fox News, but couldn't find an article on their website. Basically an Illinois federal court is refusing to reconsider a case that established concealed carry is legal in Illinois and states after June 8th, there will no longer be any laws forbidding concealed carry.

Quote:Ruling Leaves Ill. Grappling With Concealed Carry
By SARA BURNETT and DON BABWIN Associated Press
CHICAGO February 22, 2013 (AP)

A federal appeals court on Friday narrowly rejected Illinois' request to reconsider a ruling that found the state's concealed carry weapons ban unconstitutional, leaving lawmakers in the only state that still prohibits concealed carry more certain than ever they must come up with a new law.

The 5-4 ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave state Attorney General Lisa Madigan the option of appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court — a move that could affect gun laws in other states. It also came on the same day that state lawmakers held a hearing on the issue in Chicago — a city that's drawn national attention for its gun violence and rising homicide rate, including last month's death of a 15-year-old honor student a mile from President Barack Obama's home.

Madigan said in a statement she has not yet decided whether to appeal. But she said a dissent written by four of the judges "provided a clear framework to guide the legislature in drafting a new law." Those judges said some restrictions — including limits on who may carry and where they may do so — could be considered constitutional.

"With the 180-day deadline still in place, it is critical that the legislature continue to work to enact a law that will protect public safety," said Madigan, a Democrat from Chicago.

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However a Colorado court just ruled....

Quote:Court Finds No Right to Conceal a Firearm
DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that permits allowing people to carry concealed weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment.

The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit was issued Friday in a case involving a Washington State resident, Gray Peterson.

A federal judge in 2011 tossed out Mr. Peterson’s lawsuit filed against Denver and Colorado’s Department of Public Safety. He claimed that being denied a concealed-weapons permit because he was not a Colorado resident violated his Second Amendment rights to bear firearms.

According to gun rights groups, Colorado is one of about two dozen states that do not honor concealed weapons permits from Washington State.

Colorado recognizes weapons permits issued by other states, but only for states that recognize Colorado permits. Washington State does not recognize Colorado permits.

The Colorado attorney general’s office was “gratified that the 10th Circuit Court has upheld Colorado state law,” a spokeswoman, Carolyn Tyler, said.

The National Rifle Association did not return a phone call seeking comment and Mr. Peterson could not be located for comment.

In its ruling, the three-judge panel cited a Supreme Court ruling that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms is not infringed by laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons.”

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So in other words, the Supreme Court is going to have to eventually decide on the constitutionality of concealed carry. This could get really ugly and be the deciding factor if "it's time" yet. I'm sure we'll hear more about it in the near future.
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Nope, the USSC will just say that the issue has already been decided with Heller. That is to say that "certain restrictions can be applied at the state level." Sad Thereby negating the case in Colorado without addressing the issue in Illinois.
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