A federal appeals court will hear arguments October 3rd over a push by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under the state’s concealed-carry law.
Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association want the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene after failing to sway a federal judge in East St. Louis to allow immediate concealed carry.
Illinois State Police have 180 days to set up the permit process and an additional 90 days to process applications. Shepard and the rifle group consider that “foot-dragging.” The state counters the legal challenge is moot, and that the permitting process should be allowed to run its course.