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Lisa Madigan asks Supreme Court for more time to appeal possible concealed carry gun law

Monday, April 29, 2013

A concealed carry gun law in Illinois may be delayed as Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asks the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to work on a possible appeal.

As of now, Illinois has five weeks to get a concealed carry law on the books.

If June 9 arrives and there is no legislation, the legal reality is that anyone with a state firearm owner's card could carry a loaded weapon in public without a permit.

So Madigan filed a request with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for more time to prepare Illinois' appeal Monday.

The Illinois General Assembly has wrestled with an acceptable concealed carry law since a federal appeals court found the state's ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional.

Illinois must have a constitutional carry law in place according to the appeals court, but the last legislative proposal failed on April 19.

Madigan wants an appeal extension to June 24. If granted, that could also put on hold any law allowing public possession of firearms in Illinois.

Although Governor Pat Quinn had publicly urged Madigan to appeal the ruling, the filing is the first solid evidence that she is planning to appeal expanded gun rights.

In addition to the extra time that state attorneys say they need to prepare an appeal of the concealed carry order, it would also give the other side of the issue extra time to lobby General Assembly members.

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