especially in Illinois:
In a split opinion (see below), the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the
state's longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons.
Illinois is the only state with an outright prohibition on concealed carry.
"We are disinclined to engage in another round of historical analysis
to determine whether eighteenth-century America understood the Second
Amendment to include a right to bear guns outside the home," Judge
Richard Posner wrote in the court's majority opinion.
"The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to
bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as
inside. The theoretical and empirical evidence (which overall is
inconclusive) is consistent with concluding that a right to carry
firearms in public may promote self-defense," he continued.
"Illinois had to provide us with more than merely a rational basis
for believing that its uniquely sweeping ban is justified by an increase
in public safety. It has failed to meet this burden," Posner wrote.
In plain language, "Saying 'Because we're Illinois, and we want it this way!' doesn't cut it."