BREAKING: Illinois Attorney General Requests Review of Shepherd Decision

On December 11, 2012, the Seventh Circuit Court overturned the Illinois concealed carry ban. In the twin cases of Shepard v. Madigan and Moore v. Madigan, supported by the NRA and SAF, respectively, Judge Richard A. Posner held that “The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside.” As predicted here, the Attorney General of the State of Illinois has requested an en banc review. An en banc review is a review by all the Seventh Circuit judges of the decision handed down by the three judge panel in the Moore and Shepard cases. If the Judges agree to review the decision that’s a signal there may be trouble ahead; normally en banc reviews are denied (as it was in the McDonald decision striking down Chicago’s handgun ban).