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A federal judge in Springfield has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Illinois law prohibiting the carrying of loaded guns in public.

U.S. Judge Sue Myerscough wrote in an opinion issued Friday that the Second Amendment is narrow and merely gives citizens the right to possess lawful firearms in the home.

Four citizens and the Second Amendment Foundation Inc. and Illinois Carry — both pro-gun lobbying groups — filed suit in May 2011. They argued that Illinois laws that prohibit people from carrying guns in public, whether concealed or not, violate the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Myerscough, however, found no constitutional problem with the state laws.

“The United States Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit (Appellate Court) have recognized only a Second Amendment core individual right to bear arms inside the home,” Myerscough said in her ruling. “Further, even if this court recognized a Second Amendment right to bear arms outside of the home and an interference with that right, the statutes nonetheless survive constitutional scrutiny.”

The Brady Center, a gun control advocacy organization, filed an amicus brief defending the Illinois law and citing numerous studies that found that carrying loaded guns in public is a danger to the public.

“We are pleased that yet another court has rejected the gun lobby’s claim that the Second Amendment bars communities from keeping loaded guns off their streets,” said Jonathan Lowy, director of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project. “More than a dozen courts around the nation have agreed that there is no right to carry loaded guns in public.”

The plaintiffs have filed notice they plan to appeal the opinion to the U.S. 7th Circuit Appellate Court.

Citizens “don’t check our constitutional rights at the front door,” Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb said.

A similar Illinois-based lawsuit backed by the National Rifle Association remains in federal court. In the U.S., only Illinois and the District of Columbia bar citizens from carrying concealed weapons.
 

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Pretty standard ruling, stuff like this ends up in the SCOTUS but it takes for ever, shows what a joke out legal system is.
Sad but true. And if we give the current administration the chance, more of their like-minded SCJs will take over, and we will find ourselves outlaws in our own land, since it the SC that interprets the Constitution. 2A will be bent to mean only the military, national guard, and LEAs.
 

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Right!

No surprise there. These guys should all be robbed at knifepoint, then let's see how they feel about the need for Citizens to be able to defend themselves!
Use any kind of weapon, knife, baseball bat, machete, whatever, and make them feel the fear anyone feels when confronted with an attacker who intends to do you harm if not kill you. It doesn't have to be a pistol at all. Having felt that terrifying feeling, I have seen so-called "pacifists" head to the police dept to get a permit to carry. Suddenly they are no longer "pacifists".
 

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"U.S. Judge Sue Myerscough wrote in an opinion issued Friday that the Second Amendment is narrow and merely gives citizens the right to possess lawful firearms in the home."

That is a stupid argument. With the same reasoning you could say that freedom of religion, speech,or press only applies to when your at home also. The judge could even go as far to argue when you step out your door you have no rights at all.
 

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Good news is that the Supreme Court recognized that the 2nd Amendment applies to the individual. But where, other than pulling it out of their butt, does it say the 2nd Amendment only applies to your home?
 

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Glock23-AZ said:
I find it funny that states with the strictest gun laws always have the highest murder rates interesting correlation.
Yeah, and you think they would figure it out. Pass a restrictive gun law murder and crime goes up. I think some of the law makers don't care about crime they care about control. Others are simply blind to the truth, they mean well but end up doing harm.
 
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