SPRINGFIELD – 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.
But Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she prefers to wait and see whether lawmakers craft a new law this spring that would allow the concealed carry of weapons, as the federal appeals court ordered them to do.
A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois’ ban last year and gave lawmakers until June to legalize the practice. Last month, the court declined Madigan’s request that the full appeals court reconsider the ruling.
The matter has led to intense hours-long hearings at the State Capitol, where lawmakers and anti-violence advocates from Chicago – which has seen a spike in violence – have been pitted against gun rights advocates from less populated and more conservative areas.