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Court Gives IL More Time for Concealed Carry Appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court has given Illinois' attorney general more time to decide whether to appeal their ruling that the state's ban on the public possession of firearms is unconstitutional.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan now has until June 24 to ask the high court to hear the case.

In December, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found Illinois' prohibition unconstitutional and ordered lawmakers to pass legislation to legalize concealed carry by June 9. The 30-day extension granted Friday doesn't affect the deadline.

Spokeswoman Natalie Bauer said Madigan hasn't decided on an appeal. In the petition for the extension, Madigan's office stated that the appellate court ruling conflicted with several other gun rulings.

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.
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