Ill. Supreme Court strikes down part of gun law

by Steve Schmadeke, The Chicago Tribune  |  published on September 16, 2013

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Cook County prosecutors will drop weapons charges pending against a small number of licensed firearms owners after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled this week that part of a state gun law is unconstitutional.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state prosecutors must follow a ruling from a federal appeals court last year that ended Illinois’ status as the last state without a concealed carry law.

The ruling from the state’s highest court affects only a portion of a law prohibiting people from carrying guns outside their homes. Cases of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon brought against people who have valid FOID cards and were carrying firearms will not be pursued, prosecutors and defense attorneys said.

Convicted felons or those charged under other parts of the statute are unaffected.

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