The Illinois handgun carry ban has been struck down by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. From Alan Gura’s firm,Â From NRA, from Volokh. Looks like Posner was in the majority. One justice voted against. I guess Posner is coming around. More to follow.
UPDATE from Bitter: For those of you who can’t access the document for any reason, here are some choice quotes:
Both Heller and McDonald do say that â€œthe need for defense of self, family, and property is most acuteâ€ in the home, id. at 3036 (emphasis added); 554 U.S. at 628, but that doesnâ€™t mean it is not acute outside the home. Heller repeatedly invokes a broader Second Amendment right than the right to have a gun in oneâ€™s home, as when it says that the amendment â€œguarantee[s] the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.â€ 554 U.S. at 592. Confrontations are not limited to the home.
The Second Amendment states in its entirety that â€œa well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and
bear Arms, shall not be infringedâ€ (emphasis added). The right to â€œbearâ€ as distinct from the right to â€œkeepâ€ arms is unlikely to refer to the home. To speak of â€œbearingâ€ arms within oneâ€™s home would at all times have been an awkward usage. A right to bear arms thus implies a right to carry a loaded gun outside the home.
For the anti-gunners who simply say that the right is outdated and irrelevant:
Twenty-first century Illinois has no hostile Indians. But a Chicagoan is a good deal more likely to be attacked on a sidewalk in a rough neighborhood than in his apartment on the 35th floor of the Park Tower. A woman who is being stalked or has obtained a protective order against a violent ex-husband is more vulnerable to being attacked while walking to or from her home than when inside. She has a stronger self-defense claim to be allowed to carry a gun in public than the resident of a fancy apartment building (complete with doorman) has a claim to sleep with a loaded gun under her mattress.
UPDATE: Dave Hardy: Astonishing ruling!Â What’s kind of sad is that it is astonishing. Dave notes that this ruling effectively sets up the circuit split that will likely lead to a carry case going before the Supreme Court.
UPDATE: Clayton Cramer: “One of the Chicago newspaper articles included a comment by a reader, warning that the streets of Illinois cities will run with blood. Â Perhaps…but how could you tell the difference?”
UPDATE: Kevin Baker: “And Then There Were None” Some might say that this is a bit premature, but the politics of this issue in Illinois has been teetering on the verge, and I think this court decision will make things get very real for a lot of the anti-gun folks in the Windy City. The politics of this will play very much in our favor, I think.