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Quad Citians React to IL Concealed Carry Ruling


     A federal appeals court has struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois - the only state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal. The 7th 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. 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, farmer Charles Hooks of Percy in southeastern Illinois and the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation.
     Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd says using other state's gun programs as examples could be beneficial, as far as training requirements and what will be considered in background checks. Boyd also says lawmakers will need to also think about dedicating more resources to local jurisdictions.  "If we get tasked with that responsibility that's something we're going to take very seriously and dedicate the necessary manpower to do it right."
     Concealed carry is still a very emotional debate for many in the Quad Cities area. "You've got so many nuts out there in the world, we know this. Those are the people that are going to be carrying guns," said Mike Fritz of Moline.
     "Definitely background checks. If anybody has a history with weapons criminally I don't think they should be allowed to have that. Or at least be more supervised," said Elizabeth Ochoa of Moline.
     Governor Quinn's office is reviewing the court's decision. Quinn has been in favor of strict gun control laws and proposed an assault weapons ban earlier this year, which lawmakers voted down. 


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