Federal Judge Strikes Down Unconstitutional Provision of Illinois Firearms Carry Ban

On occasion, the courts will get certain things right.

On September 13, 2021, U.S. District Judge Robert Dow ruled that a provision of Illinois’ Firearm Concealed Carry Act’s scope is “unconstitutionally broad” per a report by Jonah Meadows at Patch.

.Illinois currently bans the concealed carry of firearms in the Cook County Forest Preserve District.  Though it should be noted that the judge’s ruling does not allow concealed carry licensees to carry firearms into the Chicago Botanic Garden and Brookfield Zoo. This was due to the fact that Dow stayed the enforcement of his order for six months to give elected officials in Illinois ample time to modify the law so that it becomes constitutional.

Simon Solomon, a resident of Skokie, filed a lawsuit against state and county officials following his arrest while he was fishing at the Skokie Lagoons back in April 2015. This was roughly five weeks after Illinois state police finalized his CCL application and granted him a license to carry. 

Illinois is no safe haven for the Second Amendment. It’s ranked in an abysmal 11th place according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s Best States for Gun Owners rankings. 

This latest ruling reflects an emerging trend in American politics where the rural areas of blue states are becoming alienated by the urban cores that dominate statewide politics. Many rural counties will have to rely on the courts to uphold their freedoms in the short-term. However, in the long-term rural counties will need to use nullification and consider breaking away from the rest of the state to form their own states or join a red state that aligns with their cultural and political values.

That’s how politics is beginning to play out in contemporary America, and pro-Second Amendment champions would be wise to recognize this trend. 

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