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In his ruling, Morrison cited a landmark USSC decision from last year that struck down New York state’s concealed carry law. That 6-3 ruling found that the plain text of the Second Amendment protected the right of the plaintiffs to carry firearms for self-defense.
Nine in 10 of the state's sheriffs, joining with gun-rights advocates in declaring the prohibition unconstitutional, have sworn off zealous enforcement of the law. The Illinois State Rifle Association plans to file a federal lawsuit challenging the law as early as next week.
As in his first term, there seems little in his way. In the General Assembly, there seems no limit to the extent of Democratic control, and the Democrats have a majority of 5-2 in the Illinois Supreme Court.