Illinois Handgun-Carrying Ban Challenged in Federal Suit by Firearms Group


Andrew Harris
Bloomberg
May 15, 2011

Illinois’s ban on carrying handguns violates the U.S. Constitution, the Second Amendment Foundation Inc., an advocacy group, said in a federal court lawsuit.

“Illinois is currently the only state in the country that imposes a complete prohibition on the carrying of firearms for personal protection by its citizens,” foundation Vice President Alan Gottlieb said today in a press statement announcing yesterday’s filing in Springfield, the state capital.

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Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution’s Second Amendment, the Bellevue, Washington-based group seeks a court order declaring two challenged state statutes invalid to the extent they prohibit people who are otherwise qualified from carrying handguns for self defense.

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