CHICAGO, IL (KTVI)- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the entire U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling which struck down Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons in December. Madigan filed a petition Tuesday for rehearing of lawsuits challenging laws that prevent the carrying of ready-to-use firearms in public.
In December 2012, a decision by a three-judge panel of the court held that the state laws barring carrying concealed weapons are unconstitutional. The petition asks for all of the judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review the case.
Madigan issued the following statement regarding her decision to seek a rehearing:
“In ruling that Illinois must allow individuals to carry ready-to-use firearms in public, the 7th Circuit Court’s decision goes beyond what the U.S. Supreme Court has held and conflicts with decisions by two other federal appellate courts. Based on those decisions, it is appropriate to ask the full 7th Circuit to review this case and consider adopting an approach that is consistent with the other appellate courts that have addressed these issues after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Heller and McDonald decisions.”
The court’s December decision gave state lawmakers 180 days to write a new law legalizing conceal carry. Attorney General Madigan’s petition does not affect that deadline.
The conceal carry ruling was a response to a lawsuit filed by a former Champaign, IL corrections officer, a Percy, IL farmer, and the Washington state based Second Amendment Foundation.
Illinois had been the only state where carrying concealed weapons was entirely illegal.