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Court strikes down Illinois concealed carry ban

CHICAGO — In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal — and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it.

In overturning a lower court decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said the ban was unconstitutional and suggested a law legalizing concealed weapons is overdue in a state where gun advocates had vowed to challenge the ban on every front.

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