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  • Concealed Carry Links and Resources
      As 2014 begins, the Illinois State Police will begin the process of issuing concealed-carry licenses. Here are links to various resources concerning Illinois' concealed-carry law and its implementation.


Pertinent Court Opinions
  • Friedman v. City of Highland Park, No. 14-3091 (7th Cir. April 27, 2015)
      City's ordinance prohibiting assault weapons and large-capacity magazines does not violate the Second Amendment because the regulation (1) did not ban weapons that were common at the time the Second Amendment was ratified; (2) banned those that are commonly used for military and police functions; and (3) retained adequate means of self-defense for law-abiding citizens.
  • Shepard v. Madigan, 734 F.3d 748 (7th Cir. 2013)
      The State of Illinois fully complied with the court's mandate in Moore v. Madigan because it enacted a new law to allow for the concealed-carry of firearms within the mandated time frame, and the time frame given to the agency to implement the new law was reasonable.
  • People v. Aguilar, 2013 IL 112116 (September 12, 2013)
      Illinois' aggravated unlawful use of weapons statute violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because the Second Amendment allows American citizens to protect themselves by being allowed to "bear" arms in public. Illinois' unlawful possession of a firearms statute does not violate the Second Amendment, however, because the rights in the Second Amendment do not extend to minors.
  • Moore v. Madigan, 702 F.3d 933 (7th Cir. 2012)
      Illinois' total ban of carrying loaded firearms outside the home for self-protection violates the Second Amendment.
  • McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010)
      A complete ban on handguns by state and/or local governments is unconstitutional because the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms fully applicable to the States and their political subdivisions.
  • District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008)
      The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and it allows individuals to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes.
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