About a dozen protesters in an event sponsored by the Stop Concealed Carry Coalition demonstrated Thursday morning on the first floor of the James R. Thompson Center, asking Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to appeal a court ruling that invalidated Illinois' ban on the concealed carrying of weapons.
Gov. Pat Quinn has urged Madigan to appeal the ruling. But Madigan has not yet said whether she will appeal. She has 90 days from the most recent court decision to do so.
Lee Goodman, who organized the coalition, said it's Madigan's job to appeal because as attorney general she is sworn to uphold the state's laws.
"We cannot think of any good reason why she sit by and not do that," Goodman said Thursday. "We think she needs to be answer to the public."
Pro-concealed carry groups want the Legislature to pass a law allowing concealed carry, because then any legal appeal would become moot, Goodman said.
"I sat through two days of hearings," he said. "The pro gun people say that it has to pass because of the court ruling. They are not saying: Pass it on the merits. They are saying: You have to."
The U.S. Supreme Court already has a petition in front of it over the concealed carry law in New York, which has one of the most restrictive "may issue" laws in the nation. How the Supreme Court acts on the New York case would affect how Illinois would shape its own petition.
Also, there's no rush because it's already past the point where a case would be considered in this Supreme Court term.
Last year, a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois' ban on the concealed carrying of weapons and set a June 8 deadline for the Legislature to enact a law making it legal.
Madigan appealed, but last month, the full appeals court refused to reconsider.
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