Concealed Weapons Now Legal in All 50 States
Appeals court strikes down Illinois' ban on concealed carry
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2012 1:23 PM CST

(Newser) – Gun-rights groups scored a major victory today: Illinois had been the last state where carrying concealed weapons was completely illegal, but a federal appeals court struck down that ban today. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has given state lawmakers 180 days to write a law legalizing concealed carry, reports the AP. Highlights from the majority opinion, per the Chicago Sun-Times:

  • "We are disinclined to engage in another round of historical analysis to determine whether 18th-century America understood the Second Amendment to include a right to bear guns outside the home. The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside."

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Feb 6, 2013 10:26 PM CST
All 50 states may have some kind of concealed permit system, but that doesn't mean people in every state can obtain such a permit. Take either NY's or California's "may issue" system. Police here in CA, in most of the major counties, from Sacramento to San Diego, make it nearly impossible to obtain a permit. Well, unless you're "connected" or you're rich and famous. The application of the law in CA is so uneven as to be arbitrary. In some areas, police won't even allow you to take home an application until you tell the nice desk officer WHY you want a permit. At that point, he'll tell you your reason "isn't sufficient" and he won't give out an application. This keeps the PD from reporting that they turn down 98% of applicants because the cherry-picked 2% will show a much higher approval rate. A former USMC Gunnery Sergeant with 20 years in the Corps who taught recruits to shoot wanted a permit after credible threats from a gang member, but was told he wasn't approved because of a misdemeanor conviction over a fist-fight from 1987! Yet, political aides, campaign contributors and people like Sean Penn (noted for pummeling photographers) easily get permits from Sheriffs and police chiefs. This is exactly why the "may issue" system invites corruption and must be replaced by a shall-issue system.
Dec 12, 2012 1:56 PM CST
I don't carry a concealed weapon because I am paranoid, I carry a concealed weapon because of crazy people like the guy in the Portland mall. You never know when or where you will need it.
Dec 12, 2012 8:55 AM CST
Ill be honest, I am not a paranoid man, or an owner of a knee jerk rifle.... But knowing that anyone can have a gun and I wouldn't know it.... makes me want to have a gun.