SAF Seeks SCOTUS Review of Important Illinois Carry Case

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SAF Seeks SCOTUS Review of Important Illinois Carry Case

U.S.A.-( The Second Amendment Foundation has petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States to review a case challenging the State of Illinois’ ban on concealed carry by non-residents, asserting that without high court review, “virtually all Americans will be deprived of their full Second Amendment rights while in the State of Illinois, based on nothing more than their state of residence.”

Joining SAF in this legal action are the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA), Illinois Carry and nine private citizens. They are represented by attorney David Sigale of Glen Ellyn, Ill., a veteran of Second Amendment cases in Illinois and elsewhere.

“This is a case that literally begs for Supreme Court attention,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “When the Court ruled in the 2008 Heller case that the Second Amendment protected a fundamental right, it was clear that this right belongs to everyone, not just the residents of an individual state. The Seventh Circuit held in Moore v. Madigan that the carrying of firearms in public for self-defense is a fundamental right, but under existing Illinois restrictions, that right has been limited to Illinois residents and citizens from only four other states.

“All the plaintiffs in this case are asking for is to be treated equally to Illinois residents,” he added. “They’re not asking for special treatment. They will take the training required by state law and abide by all the other rules.”

ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson added, “It is unfair that people from out of state cannot get an Illinois concealed carry license. We intend to remedy that.”

This is not the first legal action SAF has taken against Illinois. Its case in Moore v. Madigan paved the way for creation of a licensing system that allows concealed carry. Before that, SAF and ISRA sued Chicago to nullify its decades-old handgun ban. SAF and its partners in this case have been busy fighting to expand Second Amendment rights in the state since the landmark 2010 ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

“We’re determined to make sure that all law-abiding citizens are not forced to leave their Second Amendment rights at the state border when they travel into or through Illinois,” Gottlieb stated. “This is yet another example of trying to win back firearms freedom, one lawsuit at a time.”

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The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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It would be nice to see a lawsuit against NJ, NY, and the other states that don’t recognize any out of state permits. First they make it almost impossible for a resident to get a permit, then they refuse to recognize any permit.


Do you lose your freedom of speech at state lines? Freedom to worship? The court just told us that other states have to acknowledge marriage certificates between men and what ever they feel like marrying. So your most fundamental natural right to self-defense gets terminated at a state line because why?


I imagine several other states will be filing briefs supporting Illinois in this case. IF supremes take the case and rule that IL must issue permits to non-residents, how would that impact other states such as CA? Guess California could make it legal for nonresidents to apply, but it would make no difference, because they would just deny all permits just as they do for residents… Even if a nonresident had a permit it would be worthless because no one is allowed to import ammo, and nonresidents are not allowed to purchase ammo in the state!