The 7th Circuit of Appeals gave the legislature 180 days to pass a bill addressing the state’s conceal carry law. (Photo used under Creative Commons from Flickr user AMAgill)
By Ryan Hermes
SPRINGFIELD - Lawmakers in the corner of guns rights advocates in Illinois think the Attorney General’s request for a rehearing on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeal’s conceal carry decision is a stall tactic.
While State Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Pecatonica) says it’s within the Attorney General’s right to file the request, he thinks it’s part of a plan to stall any legislation. But Sacia says the process should move faster, not slower.
In its ruling last month, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the legislature 180 days to pass a bill addressing the state’s conceal carry law. The Attorney General is requesting a review en banc, meaning by all 15 judges on the court be happy to help him find "whatever he’s looking for."
State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) says the court should pause that countdown while the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether to rehear the case.