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Victim who fought for concealed carry gets permit

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 8:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, March 7, 2014 5:22 a.m. CST

ANNA (AP) — An Illinois woman who fought the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons after she was attacked now has her permit to have a handgun in public.

Mary Shepard tells WSIL-TV (http://bit.ly/1gco87q ) she was joyous this week when she trudged to her mailbox through ice and snow and found the mailing from the Illinois State Police.

Shepard became a gun-rights activist after she was severely beaten by an intruder in 2009 while working at her church in Anna, in southern Illinois.

She argues that had she not been barred from carrying a gun, she could have thwarted the attack.

Shepard sued to have the state's ban thrown out, and her efforts contributed to the concealed carry law passed last July.

The Illinois ban was the last in the nation.

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Information from: WSIL-TV, http://www.wsiltv.com

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