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Criminal Record Stops Challenge to Illinois Concealed Carry Law

Oct. 6, 2021, 6:45 PM

A Second Amendment challenge to Illinois’ concealed carry law was properly dismissed because the applicant had two convictions and multiple gun-related arrests, the Seventh Circuit said Wednesday.

After looking at Michael White’s criminal history, Illinois decided he would be a danger to public safety if allowed to carry a concealed weapon in public. White, who was twice denied a permit under the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act, said the statute was unconstitutional as applied to him.

Under Illinois’ scheme, White still maintains the core Second Amendment right to own a gun to protect himself in his home, the opinion by ...

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