Attorney Generals From 18 States join Challenge on Illinois Concealed Carry Ban on Non-Illinoisans

Attorneys general from the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia have joined in the lawsuit against Illinois’ ban on concealed carry from citizens from all other states. The ban prohibits all other Americans residing in any other state from carrying concealed weapons in Illinois regardless of having a concealed carry license from the home state.

Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA), Illinois Carry, and nine citizens filed the lawsuit last year to challenge the ban. The plaintiffs indicated that the ban denied all non-Illinois residents their second amendment rights thus denying all other Americans their second amendment rights while in Illinois. SAF president Allan Gottlieb welcomed the amicus brief by the attorneys general of the affected states indicating that gun rights do not end at Illinois border.

“We’re grateful to the 18 attorneys general for joining the amicus, on behalf of the residents of their respective states.” Gottlieb added, “The right to bear arms does not end at the Illinois state line, and untold numbers of citizens from other states have occasion to travel to or through Illinois and they should not be expected to leave their right of self- defense at the border.”

Owning a firearm in Illinois requires a Firearms Owner Identification Card (FOID) which raised a lot of controversy during its inception. The state also imposes a 72-hour waiting period between buying a firearm and taking possession. Applicants must also have attained the age of 21 years and pass a 16 hours training course.

Before the ban, Illinois issued concealed carry licenses for four states of Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia. The state also recognized concealed carry permits from other states and did not require FOID for non-residents. At present, 26 states still honor Illinois CCW licenses while Illinois does not recognize carry permits from any of these states.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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