In late February, when the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals refused Illinois' request to hear an en banc appeal of that court's December ruling that stuck down as unconstitutional the state's outright ban of all armed self-defense (at least in town), it looked as if the only threat to "shall issue" defensive carry in the last state to ban it outright would be a law that theoretically legalizes concealed carry (thus satisfying the courts), but is so restrictive as to constitute a de facto continuation of the total ban.
Such efforts by the Chicago-area anti-self-defense legislators were, in fact, why St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner wondered out loud why it made sense to support any carry law, since with the court invalidating the ban (the only carry law currently on the books), failure on the legislature's part to pass any such law would essentially leave the carrying of firearms completely unregulated--obviously the ultimate goal of any gun rights advocacy movement worth its salt.
Yesterday, though, rabidly anti-gun Governor Pat Quinn signaled his unwillingness to accept even a theoretical concealed carry law, and urged Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to appeal the 7th Circuit Court ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. From the Seattle Times:
Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday that he wants the Illinois attorney general to appeal a federal court ruling that the state's last-in-the-nation concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, a move that would take it before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Quinn, a Chicago Democrat who favors strict gun control including an assault weapons ban, said violence has been an "epidemic" in parts of the state and Illinois should be the nation's leader in keeping the concealed carry ban in place.
"The only hope now would be to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court," he told reporters after an unrelated event. "The attorney general ought to take look at that and pursue that."
Hmm . . . "an 'epidemic' in parts of the state." Those "parts" would appear to be Chicago, home (still--even after McDonald v. Chicago) to some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. But to combat this "epidemic," Quinn wants to maintain the same state-mandated defenselessness edicts that have always left law-abiding Chicagoans at the tender mercies of the killers. Quinn, indeed, wants Illinois to remain a "leader" in maintaining the lethal, evil status quo.
Blogger Thirdpower brilliantly described Quinn's (a "Modern Day George Wallace") passion for violating the fundamental human right of self-defense almost two years ago:
In the face of being the last state depriving citizens of self defense (unless you're a Chicago Alderman) Quinn digs in his heels and proclaims "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever"
Attorney General Madigan may or may not comply with Quinn's "suggestion," despite being no less fervently anti-gun than he is. She seems to be betting on Chicago-area legislators succeeding in forcing through a concealed carry law that only a gun-hater could love. She also notes that in taking the case to the Supreme Court, the state runs the risk of being handed another loss (if the court even agrees to take up the appeal)--this one setting a nationwide precedent that not only does the Second Amendment's right to "keep arms" mean what it says, but so does the amendment's "bear arms."
What's an anti-gun cud-muncher to do?
- Savagely beaten Illinois woman pleads for right to defend herself
- Law enforcement support for concealed carry in Illinois still growing
- SAF sues Illinois over prohibition on self-defense carry
- Second Amendment Foundation files lawsuit against Illinois self-defense ban
- IL Gov. Quinn: Modern Day George Wallace
- Illinois stands alone in banning armed self-defense
- Using the courts to remind Illinois of the 'bear' in 'keep and bear arms'
- Right to keep and bear arms in Illinois: For country folks only?
- SAF wins big over Chicago, appeals in another IL case
- Fight for concealed carry in Illinois just beginning
- Prominent Second Amendment attorney foresees ‘shall issue’ carry in Illinois
- Illinois about to default to constitutional carry?
- Why should gun rights advocates in Illinois support ANY concealed carry bill?
- IL En Banc Denied. Concealed Carry Soon.
- IL House Judiciary Hearing Video
- Quite Candidly, They Lost Their Appeal With Me Some Time Ago
- SAF scores another win for concealed carry
- Illinois another step toward legal armed self-defense; Politburo strikes back
- Madigan's CCW Amendment Slurry
- More Illinois CCW Slurry. Update II