On Tuesday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an Illinois law banning concealed carry, ruling it unconstitutional and giving the state 180 days to change the law or appeal the decision. This marks a major victory for gun rights advocates, as Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and is the only state forbidding concealed carry.
Judge Richard Posner, who wrote the majority opinion of the court, commented:
There is no suggestion that some unique characteristic of criminal activity in Illinois justifies the state’s taking a different approach from the other 49 states. If the Illinois approach were demonstrably superior, one would expect at least one or two other states to have emulated it.
Supporters of the law, however, aren’t giving up. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Wednesday that “they would work with legislators to come up with a new law that would be sure to protect the public,” reports the Huffington Post.
“I think it’s important that we stress that public safety comes first,” Quinn said, adding that the people of the state agree with him, no less.
I think that’s where the people of Illinois are on this issue and anything having to do with guns and assault weapons and things like that. We cannot have those sorts of people (the mentally ill and spousal abusers) eligible to carry loaded weapons on their person in public places, whether it be malls or churches or schools.
Like most gun control advocates, Quinn equates all gun owners with criminals, ignoring that concealed carry laws have been shown to reduce crime. If they wanted to “protect the public,” Quinn and Emanuel would take the opposite position on the issue.
Though critics of concealed carry in Illinois continue to point out the high rate of murders in the city of Chicago, which are predominately committed with handguns, they seem to be unaware, or just don’t care, that handguns there are highly restricted and difficult to get legally, and guns used in crimes there are obtained illegally.
On the other hand, gun sales have been breaking records throughout the United States over the course of the Obama presidency, but violent crime rates, including murder, continue to drop (as they have been over the last few decades). But according to gun control advocates, we should be in a complete and total state of chaos right now, with people getting picked off by snipers as they walk down the street.