WHAT HAPPENED? Illinois state law generally prohibits individuals from carrying firearms in public.  Several individuals who sought to carry firearms in public filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that the Illinois law violates the Second Amendment in Moore v. Madigan.

The Illinois judge dismissed the lawsuit, finding that there is no Second Amendment right to possess a firearm outside of the home.  The court said that the Illinois law helps promote public safety and does not prohibit a responsible, law-abiding citizen from possessing a firearm in his or her home for self-defense.  This decision is particularly important because Illinois has the strongest laws in the country regulating the carrying of firearms in public.