Illinois has become the last state in the union to allow citizens their full Second Amendment rights, and officials in the murder capital of America worry about the consequences of citizens defending themselves.
Illinois’ legislature on Tuesday voted to let gun owners carry concealed weapons. The action followed a violent and bloody Fourth of July weekend in President Obama’s hometown during which 74 people were shot and 12 were killed.
Permission for concealed carry in Illinois was prompted by a ruling late last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. It found that Illinois’ law, the most restrictive in the country, violated the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The court ultimately gave the state until July 9 to rewrite it.
Illinois had the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. Still, the carnage in some neighborhoods of Chicago made it safer to walk the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. Local officials, such as Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, blame guns coming in from outside the city. Yet crime rates in the suburbs and downstate have been lower.
h/t John P