Posted Feb 25, 2013 02:55 pm CST
In another step toward a likely relaxation of a strict Illinois state law banning concealed-carry firearms under most circumstances, a divided federal appeals court on Friday denied a request for en banc review of an earlier appellate court decision finding the law unconstitutional.
The 5-4 order (PDF) by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals still leaves state Attorney General Lisa Madigan with the option of appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Associated Press also has a story.
The earlier 2-1 decision (PDF) by a three-judge 7th Circuit panel, which was issued in December, noted that a constitutional right to bear arms in self-defense can be just as important in a public setting as at home. It gave the state 180 days to come up with a new law.
ABAJournal.com: “7th Circuit Strikes Illinois Concealed-Carry Ban, Gives State 180 Days to Revise Gun Law”