Gun advocates: Lawmakers must pass concealed-carry

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Illinois State Rifle Association says a court's ruling Friday sends another message to lawmakers that they should legalize the concealed carry of firearms.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected Illinois' request to reconsider a ruling that the state's concealed carry ban is unconstitutional.

A three-judge panel in December gave lawmakers until June 8 to approve a new law. State Attorney General Lisa Madigan had asked the entire court to consider the case.

Richard Pearson is executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, and he says the ruling makes clear that courts believe the prohibition violates Second Amendment rights. He says, if Illinois appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, justices could find other gun restrictions unconstitutional.