Yes or No: Concealed Carry Law in Illinois?
Take our poll below and tell us where you stand on this issue.
** Editor's note: The wording of this story has been changed to reflect the most recent court ruling on this issue. Those who voted before 2 p.m. Tuesday read a version that was more speculative about a concealed-carry law in Illinois.
Today, a U.S. appeals court has ruled that Illinois' ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional. The General Assembly has given the state 180 days in which to "craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the public safety and the Second Amendment as interpreted in this opinion, on the carrying of guns in public."
Not everyone thinks concealed carry is a good idea, and there are arguments on boths sides.
Those in favor say it's not only a constitutional right but a necessary one in a world where more and more criminals have guns and aren't afraid to use them. The playing gets a lot more equal when you don't know who has a gun and who doesn't.
Those against, however, fear it would put too many guns out on the street, where they could be stolen, accidentally used, obtained by children, easily accessible in a heated fight, and dangerous in the hands of someone who is mentally unbalanced.
Where do you stand on this issue? Take our poll below. You can also express an opinion in the comment box below.
We will run the vote tally and some of the responses on Saturday.