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Court sets arguments in concealed-carry case

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Gun rights advocates trying to force a ruling to make Illinois’ concealed-carry law take immediate effect will have to wait at least more than a month for the decision from a federal appeals court.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled arguments on the issue for Oct. 3, though it’s unclear how soon that Chicago-based court might then issue a ruling.

Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association want the 7th Circuit to immediately allow residents to carry weapons in public, arguing that the months allowed for Illinois State Police to set up the permit process and then sort through applications is untenable and illegal.

The state counters that the implementation period spelled out in the law passed in July by Illinois’ General Assembly should be allowed to run its course, citing that public safety could be compromised if appropriate background checks on applicants aren’t done as mandated.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office also insists Shepard and the rifle group need to file a new lawsuit to seek immediate concealed carry.

Under the last-in-the-nation concealed-carry law passed against Gov. Pat Quinn’s objections, Illinois State Police have 180 days to set up the permit process and an additional 90 days to process applications.

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