Court strikes down Illinois concealed-carry law

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CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only state in which carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced Tuesday that state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry.

The ruling is a victory for gun-rights advocates, who argue that the prohibition against concealed weapons violates the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment and what they see as Americans’ right to carry guns for self-defense.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office says it is reviewing the ruling and would comment Tuesday.

The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by former corrections officer Michael Moore of Champaign, Ill.; farmer Charles Hooks of Percy in southeastern Illinois; and the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation.

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