Illinois Pushes Anew to Block Hastened Concealed Carry

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- The state of Illinois is amplifying its argument that a federal judge reject a legal push by gun-rights advocates to immediately start carrying firearms publicly, rather than waiting months under Illinois' new concealed carry law.

Under the law passed July 9, Illinois State Police have six months to set up a concealed-carry program before accepting applications. Police then have 90 days to process the forms.

Gun-rights advocate Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association say in a court filing Thursday in East St. Louis that wait imposes irreparable harm on citizens by intruding on their Second Amendment right to publicly carry a firearm.

The state counters in a separate filing that Shepard needs to file a new complaint spelling out why the law's time allowances are unreasonable.

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