Flashback: The Case That Inspired Repeal of IL's Gun Laws

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    by Mary Chastain
    11 Jan 2013

    In September 2009, then 69-year old Mary Shepard and an 83-year old co-worker were at First Baptist Church in Anna, Illinois when a man broke in. At 6’3” and 245 lbs, his past was littered with violence and multiple crimes. He ultimately almost beat the two to death.

    Ms. Shepard is still recovering from her injuries and requires physical therapy to this day.

    This case was the driving force behind the repeal of Illinois’s law banning concealed carry. Ms. Shepard has concealed carry permits in Utah and Florida, but she could not carry one in Illinois.

    Illinois’s law allowed citizens to carry guns in their homes or businesses, but not outside. Judge Richard Posner agreed the law was unconstitutional.

    One doesn’t have to be a historian to realize that a right to keep and bear arms for personal self-defense in the eighteenth century could not rationally have been limited to the home...

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