State rifle association asks court to let Illinoisans carry guns now

SPRINGFIELD – A gun owner whose lawsuit spurred the Illinois concealed carry law that took effect this week is asking a federal court to allow the public possession of firearms immediately.

Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association filed a motion for an injunction Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for southern Illinois. Shepard's motion says gun owners should not have to wait to carry because of Illinois lawmakers' "procrastination."

A federal appeals court ruled in December that it's unconstitutional for Illinois to continue prohibiting concealed carry. But lawmakers finally adopted a plan Tuesday — the court's deadline. Now the Illinois State Police have six months to set up a system and three months to approve or deny applications after that.

The motion notes the ban remains in effect until then.