That’s what today’s court ruling seems to indicate. If you’ll remember, the Illinois supreme court ruled last week that the right to keep and bear arms as enumerated in the bill of rights extends outside the home. A radical idea to be sure. What’s the practical effect of that? It’s this: “A Cook County judge reversed herself Monday and dismissed weapons charges against a Chicago man after a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling that called part of the state’s gun law unconstitutional.” The defendant, Deafalla Haddad, bought a .45 and began carrying it after he was attacked in his car. In Cook County. Illinois. When he was stopped for speeding in December . . .
As chicagotribune.com reports, he informed the officer that he was packing the .45 in a holster and was promptly arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
Under Illinois statutes at the time, carrying a concealed firearm was illegal. But in February 2013, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down parts of the state law, and in March Fakhoury filed a motion to dismiss the charges against Haddad.
Judge Ellen Mandeltort denied that motion last week. But that was before the supremes announced their ruling.
At Monday’s hearing, defense attorney Matt Fakhoury asked Mandeltort to reconsider the request in light of the Supreme Court decision. She agreed and found the case against Haddad violated his Second Amendment rights. “This court finds that the charges (against Haddad) are unconstitutional,” Mandeltort said from the bench.
Haddad has one of Illinois’ ludicrous firearms owner identification cards, but no carry permit. Illinois’ new concealed carry law hasn’t been implemented yet. So to the extent that this ruling – in Cook County, mind you – sets a precedent, Illinoisans wouldn’t seem to need no steenkin’ carry permit. Of course, you may want to think twice before testing that yourself. Still, that sound you just heard was Rahm Emanuel’s head exploding like that seen in Scanners.