Tuesday, December 11, 2012

7th Circuit Strikes Down Illinois Ban on Carrying of Guns in Public

Decision is here.  They are clearly encouraging Illinois to adopt a concealed carry permit statute.  Posner (who is not our friend) is clearly distinguishing his opinion from the 2nd Circuit's recent decision upholding New York State's "may issue" concealed carry permit law.  I think he is hinting to the Illinois legislature that they should adopt a shall issue law.

UPDATE: One of the Chicago newspaper articles included a comment by a reader, warning that the streets of Illinois cities will run with blood.  Perhaps...but how could you tell the difference?

4 comments:

Rob K said...

It sure looks like from what he says on page 18 that may-issue is not acceptable.

Unknown said...

Maybe the "blood" comment refers to criminals being shot by people (formerly known as victims) that can now defend themselves....

AlanKH said...

'The Second Amendment creates two distinct rights: “keeping” and “bearing,” one for the home, one for the street.'

http://www.volokh.com/2012/12/11/the-seventh-circuit-keeps-bear-in-2nd-amendment/

Can't add anything to that.

Anthony said...

Mark Kleiman, no conservative, said, back in 2008: There’s simply no evidence that keeping guns out of the hands of those currently eligible to own them under Federal law (adults with no felony convictions, no domestic-violence misdemeanors or restraining orders, and no history of involuntary commitment for mental illness) reduces the level of criminal violence. Nor is there evidence that allowing anyone who can pass a background check and a gun-safety course to carry a concealed weapon increases the level of criminal violence.