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Maturity and Gun Laws

Jan 2, 2013

A New Year’s letter to my son –

Dear Russell:

When I started writing these annual notes to you in 1994, I imagined your maturing into a young man, but I never imagined a lost opportunity to mature, like at Newtown, Conn. I can’t imagine if you’d had to grow up without your pals from sports or Scouts, without Matt, Cole, Joe, Dax, Nate, Nick …

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.