Challenge To Ill. Non-Resident CCW Prohibition Gets Backing From State AG’s

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Challenge To Ill. Non-Resident CCW Prohibition Gets Backing From State AG’s

BELLEVUE, WA – -( Eighteen state attorneys general have joined in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a Second Amendment Foundation petition for writ of certiorari seeking high court review in the case of Culp v. Raoul, which challenges the refusal by Illinois to take applications from non-residents for an Illinois carry license.

Plaintiffs are asking the Court to determine “Whether the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms requires that the State of Illinois allow qualified non-residents to apply for an Illinois concealed carry license.” SAF is joined by the Illinois State Rifle Association, Illinois Carry and several private citizens. They are represented by attorney David G. Sigale of Wheaton.

The amicus brief, submitted by Missouri Attorney General Eric S. Schmitt, is joined by attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

While Illinois statute says the State Police “shall by rule allow for nonresident license applications from any state or territory of the United States with laws related to firearm ownership, possession, and carrying, that are substantially similar to the requirements to obtain a license” in Illinois.

“However,” the petition for review says, “that right to concealed carry is denied, in a discriminatory and arbitrary manner, to the law-abiding and qualified persons in 45 states, who are prohibited from even applying for an Illinois concealed carry license (“CCL”), regardless of their qualifications. Therefore, Illinois’s prohibition on virtually all non-residents obtaining a concealed carry license for self-defense violates the Petitioners’ rights under the Second Amendment.”

“We’re grateful to the 18 attorneys general for joining the amicus, on behalf of the residents of their respective states,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The right to bear arms does not end at the Illinois state line, and untold numbers of citizens from other states have occasion to travel to or through Illinois and they should not be expected to leave their right of self- defense at the border.”

Second Amendment FoundationThe 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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Don Moran

Big thank you to Alan at SAF and the Illinois State Rifle Association!

I retired and moved away from Illinois last year. It would be nice to visit occasionally to see my Daughter, my sister, and my Mom and Dad, without being defenseless the moment I step out of my vehicle.

J Gibbons

Or because you don’t want to run the very great risk that the Communist-run ISP will turn you into a felon.


Living in Wisconsin with a CCW and doing business a lot in ILL,, it is troubling to not be able to carry that side of the border. And the LEO’s there will use almost anything to get your $$ or your freedom.. even though if needed I would come to their aid.

jack mac

TBob3: To get our $$ and deny the rights of freedom are the objectives of such public servants. Be cautious when considering aiding who may be an enemy.


Cops/sheriffs are NOT public servants, they are LAW ENFORCEMENT! Their whole job is to enforce laws, irrespective of legality/constitutionality.

The days are long past when the police and sheriffs were public servants/peace officers.


@Rattlerjake Ok, you are lumping all into one group and making a false generalized statement. Considering the states Colorado, Arizona, Virginia, and others where local sheriffs are leading movements standing up for and defending the constitution and have been for a decade now, your statement is such a bogus and easy to recognize lie that it isn’t even funny. It isn’t all of them, no matter how much you want to convince people it is. There are still some good guys in there, many of them our family relations in some cases, who are on our side. So let’s hear… Read more »

jack mac

Will: We can not afford citizens being subjugated in to the prohibited underclass. I do not want more. It is not wise to suggest citizens to take risk of being so subjugated.


I really don’t know why this is even an issue, all CCW licensing is illegal. The Supreme Court has already ruled on this. “No state shall convert a liberty into a license, and charge a fee therefore.” (Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 U.S. 105) “If the State converts a right (liberty) into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity.” (Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 373 U.S. 262) Under federal law, 18 USC 242, it is illegal for anyone under the color of law to deprive any person of the… Read more »


And yet the federal government is violation their own law (18 USC 242) by requiring fees and compliance with the NFA and other federal gun laws. Why aren’t all of the BAFT agents serving their 10 years? The DOJ is complicit in the allowance of all of these states to committing fraud and violation of constitutional rights.


Now there was a good comment, and completely factual.

Those cases were among a list of examples I provided several months back when I did an in depth write up on why Red Flag laws cannot ever be made to be compatible with the Constitution. My analysis of laws and cases went all the way back to 1789. Excellent comment, but there is also a much simpler analysis. Two thumbs up.


Your asking the Federal government to police itself, right like that will even happen. That’s like asking the fox to make the rules for the hen house.


The state of Illinois has always been a kind of sore thumb. As an owner-operator that used to drive semi cross country, you were allowed by agreement of reciprocity with all other states in the interest of commerce to weigh in at 80,000 lbs. That is, all but for Illinois, who decided 76,600 would be their limit. Not because they did studies about load damage to roads, because there is none above the usual, but because they could hit out of state truckers with excessive fines as they rolled through their various truck scales. This is their thinking. This is… Read more »


If I can’t carry (I have had a Pa. CCP for 55 years) I do not go their, it’s their loss, not mine. I spend thousands in states/cities that allow me to carry due to reciprocity. You KNOW there are tens of thousands or MORE of others that feel and do the same. The places I do not visit are basically, thanks to Dems/libs killing fields for the always armed criminals. You see and know these high murder states-cities-places from watching the news nightly. I refuse to become a victim, calling 911 after the fact is NOT an option for… Read more »


We all know the state has been a cesspool of criminals for over 150 years. Why go there? Let them starve.

Charlie Foxtrot

This is the correct path to nation-wide reciprocity, not federal legislation that is further abusing the Interstate Commerce Clause and opening the door for nation-wide restrictions on carrying firearms.