In a landmark legal decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Illinois to stop blocking citizens from the right to carry concealed weapons.
Illinois is the only state in the nation to still prohibit the right to carry concealed guns. The laws in other states allow for the carrying of concealed weapons after a citizen applies for a concealed carry permit, and after they have taken a course on gun safety.
Many of the arguments made in Illinois over the years against allowing for concealed carry, have not been shown to be true in the rest of the nation.
Those who back the right to carry weapons say criminals ignore gun laws, and the prohibition against carrying a handgun for protection, only injures those who are law-abiding. Supporters of the right to carry a concealed weapon also note that a massive number of murders have taken place in Chicago over the last decade, where despite the fact that Chicago gun laws prohibit the carrying of guns.
Under the decision issued today by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois lawmakers will have up to 180 days to write and pass a law that would legalize the right of citizens to carry a concealed gun.