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Court ruling requires Illinois to allow concealed weapons in public

On Tuesday, December 11, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Illinois’ ban on carrying a concealed weapon in public violated the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.  Until Tuesday, Illinois was the only state in the United States that prohibited citizens from carrying a concealed weapon.

 

  • By Deborah Baskin on 12.21.2012 at 8:02 am

    I just want to share a few words that will hopefully generate images so horrific that the idea of allowing concealed weapons to be carried will cause you to pause and consider the potential implications: Columbine; Gabby Giffords; Aurora, CO; Norway; Trayvon Martin: Newtown, Conn……

    However, concealed weapons are only a small part of the problem. Allowing anyone, apart from highly trained law enforcement officers, to carry weapons, is a potentially lethal mistake. Rather than looking at # of homicides in Chicago, we should be looking at number of gunshots; rather than protecting the “rights” of gun owners, we should be protecting our right to a life free of the threat that the proliferation of guns pose.

    There is no good empirical evidence that allowing concealed weapons would result in a greater ability to protect ourselves. The one study that demonstrated that finding has been criticized as methodologically flawed. There is excellent empirical evidence that an increase in gun ownership (legal and illegal) results in more lethal violence, more lethal suicide attempts, more accidents in which children die……..