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Court Declares Illinois Gun Laws Unconstitutional

Court Declares Illinois Gun Laws Unconstitutional

Today the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals declared that the Illinois law prohibiting a person from carrying a loaded concealed gun unconstitutional. Moore v. Madigan, 12-1269. The Court after going through an historical review and a look at the U.S. Supreme Court cases of District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 US 570 (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago, 130 S. Ct 3020 (2010) found that the Supreme Court had decided that the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms for self-defense was as important inside the home as outside. The statute prohibiting the carrying of guns was declared unconstitutional. The mandate was stayed for 180 days to allow Illinois to craft new gun laws which are less restrictive.