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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence intends to file two amicus briefs in federal courts this week in Illinois urging dismissal of two gun lobby lawsuits challenging the validity of Illinois law restricting the public carrying of firearms.
Illinois is the only state in the nation that has yet to legalize a form of concealed carry of firearms.
“The people of Illinois have made the reasonable decision to keep deadly semi-automatic weapons off the streets,” said Brady Center Acting President Dennis Henigan. “Courts have wisely rejected the gun lobby’s argument that the Constitution provides a right to carry loaded handguns in public, and the Second Amendment does not require people to be subjected to the grave risks of more loaded guns in our communities.”
The Brady Center’s briefs highlight the alleged severe danger posed by concealed weapons, with studies showing that the carrying of firearms in public is not a useful or effective form of self-defense and, in fact, repeatedly has been shown to increase the risks that one will fall victim to violent crime.
The first brief is in the case Shepard v. Madigan, filed by the Illinois State Rifle Association and one individual plaintiff in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The second brief, which the Brady Center intends to file this week, is in the case Moore v. Madigan, filed by the Second Amendment Foundation, Illinois Carry, and four individual plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. In both cases, plaintiffs argue that the Second Amendment gives them the right to carry loaded guns in public.
Since the Supreme Court’s Second Amendment ruling three years ago in District of Columbia v. Heller, numerous courts have held that the Second Amendment grants only a limited, narrow right to possess handguns in the home for self-defense. Courts around the country have overwhelmingly rejected gun lobby arguments that there is a right to carry hidden, loaded firearms in public.
The Brady Center’s briefs were written by attorneys with the Brady Center and the firm Hogan Lovells US LLP.