The courts, the Capitol and the clock are complicating a debate over how to end the prohibition on carrying concealed firearms in Illinois. A federal court ruling in December ordered the state to enact a law by June allowing public possession of guns. It decreed the state's ban unconstitutional.
Now the deadline is less than a month away and lawmakers aren’t much closer to a new law. Illinois is the last state in the nation to prohibit carrying concealed weapons. Competing legislative proposals haven't garnered enough support. Gun-rights supporters warn that without a law by the deadline, guns could be carried anywhere. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is considering whether to appeal the 7th U.S. Circuit Appeals Court ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.