A federal appeals court in Chicago won't revisit a ruling that says Illinois has to let people carry guns in public. The decision came as state lawmakers were hearing from gun-rights activists and opponents in Chicago. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.
After a three-judge panel gave Illinois until June to pass a law allowing concealed carry, Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked the full Chicago appeals court to rehear the case. In a 5 to 4 vote, the court says "no."Meanwhile, members of the Illinois House of Representatives heard from people on both sides of the gun debate.Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says more guns will not make his city safer. "There is no compelling evidence, despite what gun advocates say, to show that more guns make people safer." But National Rifle Association lobbyist Todd Vandermyde says that kind of argument is beside the point. "This is a fundamental, constitutionally protected civil right ... it's not a privilege to be meted out by bureaucratic people on an eeny, meeny, miny, moe" [basis]. In a statement, Attorney General Madigan didn't say whether she'd appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. She urged the legislature to enact a concealed-carry law that will "protect public safety."