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Madigan: Supreme Court pass on guns ripples

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay out of the gun debate in New York will influence Illinois’ concealed carry discussions.

The justices declined Monday to hear a challenge to a strict New York law making it difficult to get a license to carry a concealed handgun in public.

In Illinois, lawmakers are crafting guidelines for concealed carry after a federal appeals court said Illinois’ ban was unconstitutional. It’s the only state with a concealed carry ban nationwide. Lawmakers have until early June.

Gov. Pat Quinn wants Madigan to appeal to the Supreme Court. She’s said she’ll see what lawmakers do and hasn’t decided yet.

She told reporters Monday that lawmakers still have a deadline and Monday’s decision shows that such strict laws are constitutional.

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