PEORIA -- Here's a fascinating appeal from a group working to stop concealed carry in Illinois, and a petition to sign to send to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
If she wants to run for another office, governor or senator for example, she better act on this!
From Lee Goodman of the Stop Concealed Carry Coalition:
On December 11, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit federal appellate court threw out Illinois' ban on carrying weapons in public. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan had a two week deadline to ask the entire Circuit Court to review the decision, but she received an extension until January 8. She has not yet announced whether she will ask the court to review the decision.
If she doesn't ask for the Circuit Court review, she could try to get the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case on appeal. But if she does nothing, the decision will become law, and it will be legal to carry concealed weapons in public in Illinois.
Some people think that Madigan is waiting to appeal the decision in hopes that the Illinois legislature will enact a new law that includes some controls on guns that were not in the old law. However, because the court decision said that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to carry guns in public, unless the court decision is overturned, any new law would have to include a provision allowing people to carry guns.
The only way left to keep guns out of stores, schools, churches, parks, streets, and other public places is for Lisa Madigan to appeal the court's decision and for the legislature to refuse to enact a law that allows carrying concealed weapons in public. If the legislature enacts a law allowing guns in public, the appeal will become moot; neither the 7th Circuit nor the Supreme Court will take the case, and the court decision will stand forever.
Some newspapers have reported that Madigan may be hesitant to appeal because an unfavorable decision by the Supreme Court could require New York and California to revise their relatively strict gun laws. But Madigan is supposed to represent the people of Illinois, not those other states. If we win in the Supreme Court, we could continue to ban public guns, and the entire country would have a favorable ruling it could rely on. If we lose in the Supreme Court, we are no worse off than right now.
Members of our coalition like you have sent emails and made phone calls to Madigan urging her to appeal. We will be ramping up our efforts to encourage the appeal between now and the January 8 deadline, but first we need to increase the number of people in our coaltion.
Can you get one or two more people to sign up online? Please, right now, shout out to the person in the next room and ask that person to sign up at www.StopConcealedCarry.org. If no one else is home, send an email to a couple of friends or relatives, or phone them. And while you are at it, ask a few more of your friends to urge Madigan to appeal. Madigan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-814-3000.
This is an all-volunteer coalition. We don't have a staff. We rely on you to build the coalition. All we are asking is a few moments of your time. All we can offer in return is a higher level of personal safety for you and everyone you care about. Please help.