Motion for injunction to allow Mary Shepard and members of the ISRA to carry in a manner consistent with the recently enacted “Firearms Carrying Act” immediately, citing the 180-day period the Illinois State Police has to implement the law and the additional 90-days to process the applications.
Madigan’s response is to claim the motion is moot because of the recently enacted law.
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SPRINGFIELD – The National Rifle Association says Illinois gun owners shouldn’t have to wait nine months for the right to carry concealed weapons.
A day after Illinois became the 50th state to legalize the concealed-carry of loaded guns in public, the organization filed a motion in U.S. District Court in southern Illinois seeking to allow Illinoisans with Firearm Owners Identification cards to be able to carry weapons beginning July 16.
NRA attorneys said gun owners should not have to wait the estimated 270 days the state says it will take to get a concealed carry permitting system up and running now that it is legal.
“If this court fails to take any action, plaintiffs’ constitutional rights will continued to be infringed on for – at least – another nine months,” the request notes.
In December, a federal appeals court ruled that Illinois’ ban on concealed carry violated the constitution and must be changed within 180 days. The court later gave state officials an extra 30 days to put a law on the books.
The new law, which outlines a series of training requirements and prohibitions on where weapons can be taken, went into effect Tuesday when the House and Senate overrode Gov. Pat Quinn’s earlier veto.
But, the law gives the Illinois State Police six months to get a permitting system online and another 90 days to issue permits once people begin applying. The state police have said they will arrest people who carry concealed weapons before they receive permits.
“This is unacceptable,” the NRA noted Wednesday. “During the more than two years that this case has been pending. the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens like plaintiffs have been infringed.”