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CONTINUING COVERAGE: Fight for Immediate Concealed Carry Continues
Gun rights advocates have been promised a speedy review of their claim that they should be allowed to carry firearms immediately, and not wait for the state's process for issuing permits to actually begin.
Mary Shepard was the plaintiff in one of two lawsuits that eventually led to the federal court decision that forced lawmakers here to pass concealed carry.
That legislation became law on July 9, but it gave Illinois State Police up to nine months to actually begin issuing permits.
Shepard went back to court, saying her Second Amendment right is still being violated, because she can't carry right now.
Springfield attorney Daniel Noll told us Shepard has a good argument, because she isn't legally able to comply with the law and exercise her constitutional right. But he said ruling in her favor might not be practical.
"I think the courts will look at it and say, 'Ms. Shepard, the state of Illinois is working,'" Noll said. "They're trying to do what they're supposed to do. You've got to give them some time to work. We can't just stop this big train here and expect it to turn around on a dime. It takes some time to get everybody in compliance and get everybody moving."
Noll does have some experience with the topic. He represented Donnell Jackson here in Sangamon County. Jackson was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in 2011. After the general assembly overrode the governor on July 9 and made concealed carry law, the charges against Jackson were dropped.
Noll strongly recommends people follow the process for getting a concealed carry permit once it's available, and doesn't recommend carrying a gun before then.
Illinois State Police have 180 days to establish training requirements, and then another 90 days to begin issuing permits.
Click here for concealed carry FAQ from the Illinois State Police.