Correction 12/17/2012: The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is a federal court. The story has been corrected to reflect that fact.
Illinois (The Gaslamp Post) – Hey Illinoisans, today is a day to celebrate. Earlier today the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia voted to overturn your state’s ban on the legitimate carrying of a concealed firearm.
In a decision of 2 -1, the court has ruled that the existing ban is unconstitutional, and denies law abiding citizens their second amendment right to keep and bear arms. Apparently Illinois may have been paying attention to dropping crime rates in places where potential victims could potentially shoot back at potential perpetrators.
It should be made abundantly clear that although the ban was struck down, carrying a concealed firearm in Illinois at this point is still ILLEGAL, as no legislation exists which defines the parameters of lawful conduct as such. According to the Chicago Tribune, now that the a federal court has ruled on the constitutionality of said ban, the state legislature now has 180 days to draft legislation in order for their constituents to be able to be secure in their persons, to the fullest extent of the law.
(h/t: The Chicago Tribune)