Despite having its blanket ban on concealed carrying of firearms outside the home declared unconstitutional in December, no defendants charged with possession have been acquitted, the ban is still being enforced, and will be until this summer, attorney Adam W. Lasker is reporting in the March issue of the Illinois Bar Journal.
"People are still being charged with felonies for simple possession of a weapon -- not using the weapon to commit a crime, but just possessing it outside of their home," Lasker quotes Chicago-based defense attorney Robert Pervan. "Judges are just continuing matters until June, by when the legislature should have enacted legislation that won't interfere with or conflict with the Constitution or cases like Moore and Sheppard. It's in limbo right now."
“Illinois circuit court judges have yet to enter declarations of unconstitutionality in the cases he is handling,” Lasker notes, reporting Pervan is tracking other cases and speaking with other lawyers and says “he believes no Illinois judge has yet enforced the seventh circuit's ruling … and not a single defendant has been acquitted.”
“This is ridiculous,” Dave Workman observed. In his capacity as Seattle Gun Rights Examiner and Senior Editor at TheGunMag.com, he has done much original reporting on the groundbreaking legal work funded by the Second Amendment Foundation that resulted in the Moore v. Madigan ruling.
“It demonstrates that Illinois anti-gunners are living in denial and they are bitterly refusing to face the reality of the Court of Appeals ruling, to say nothing of the Supreme Court's decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago," Workman concluded.
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