Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Court Hearing Held Over Concealed Carry
COOK COUNTY-- The concealed carry debate continued in a Chicago courtroom Thursday. Arguments centered on whether or not valid FOID card holders should be able to carry firearms before the first of the year.
"We're seeking an injunction so that Mary Shepard and others who are similarly situated can start carry a firearm today," attorney David Thompson said.
Shepard was brutally beaten at a church in Anna back in 2009. Even though Shepard had valid concealed-carry permits in other states, she could not legally protect herself with a firearm. That's still the case today, four years later.
Thursday's hearing before members of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals lasted less than 30 minutes.
Lawyers for Attorney General Lisa Madigan would not comment on the case. Meanwhile Thompson and other advocates for speedy implementation remain hopeful.
"For us, the best possible outcome is that people's right to self defense in public would be recognized immediately and state police would move expeditiously and recognize that right," Todd Vandermyde of the NRA explained.
The appeal rests in the hands of three circuit judges - Richard A. Posner, Joel M. Flaum, and Ann Claire Williams - who will decide whether the state should have to make concealed carry permits available sooner.
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