A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a ruling that found the Illinois concealed carry weapons ban unconstitutional.
The 5-4 decision Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means Illinois, the only state that still prohibits concealed carry of firearms, would have to rewrite its law by June 8th. The state has 90 days to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the state hasn't decided whether to appeal. She said lawmakers could look at changing the law to restrict who can carry a gun and where they can do it.
Gun laws in Illinois have been in the national spotlight because Chicago is racked by gun violence and a high homicide rate. Gun control advocates are urging lawmakers to make sure new legislation would keep guns out of places like schools, hospitals, restaurants, churches, nursing homes and commuter trains.
Rep. Dennis Reboletti, a Republican from the Chicago suburbs, said he worried about setting such limits. "My concern is the gang members will always carry," he said.
Via Associated Press