Illinois is the lone state that prohibits people from carrying guns in public, but that might not be the case much longer. A federal court opinion strikes down the state's ban.
"“It means that in 2013 Illinois will join 49 other states and we will have a law to allow people to carry handguns for self-defense outside the home,” said Todd Vandermyde of the National Rifle Association.
Vandermyde has been lobbying legislators for years to pass a concealed carry law. Now, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has given the General Assembly 180 days to pass one.