Illinois Supreme Court Rules ban on Guns
within 1000 feet of Parks Unconstitutional

Dean Weingarten. February 10th, 2018
Original Article Source

The Supreme Court of the State of Illinois has ruled that a state ban on carrying guns within a 1,000 feet of a park is obviously unconstitutional. It is unconstitutional because it "directly implicates the core right of self-defense".

Yesterday the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a state ban on carrying guns within 1,000 feet of a public park violates the constitutional right to bear arms. The decision in People v. Chairez extends the logic of prior rulings by the same court and by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit holding that Second Amendment rights exist outside the home and cannot be categorically restricted without a strong justification.

The decision is a number of pages long, and is well written. For those who do not have the time to read it in its entirety, this paragraph explains the logic of the court. From People v. Chairez at

We believe the State defines the core right protected by the second amendment too narrowly. According to this court's holding in Aguilar, neither Heller nor McDonald expressly limited the second amendment protections to the home. Aguilar, 2013 IL 112116, §§ 18-20. To the contrary, both Heller and McDonald at least strongly suggest that the second amendment right to keep and bear arms extends beyond the home.....   .......

1,000 foot rules have always been not only unconstitutional but also plain ridiculous. Committing an offense by being closer than more than three football fields - are people supposed to somehow measure their proximity for this distance? This decision is long overdue but unfortunately does not yet address the Gun Free School Zone Act - which is also absurd.

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