Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the 7th U.S. Circuit Court to review its decision on concealed carry in the state. (Photo Courtesy Flickr)
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision on concealed carry in the state.
Madigan is filing a petition to reconsider the Dec. decision by a three-judge panel that ruled the state laws barring concealed carry in public are unconstitutional. Madigan said in a statement that she wants the full circuit to hear the appeal, not just three judges.
The court set a 180-day deadline for the Illinois legislature to draft and enact new laws relating to carrying ready-to-use firearms in public. Tuesday's petition for rehearing by the Attorney General does not affect that deadline.
Meanwhile, the head of the Illinois State Rifle Association says he doesn't mind that Madigan wants another look at the decision. The rifle association's Richard Pearson says his group and others will take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court, if the court doesn't uphold the ruling.