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    Rutledge Joins 16-State Coalition’s Amicus Brief Opposing Illinois Gun Restrictions

    May 13, 2019

    Says, ‘Constitutional rights do not stop at state lines’

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined 15 other states on an amicus brief supporting the Second Amendment and arguing against Illinois’s restrictions on the rights of non-residents to carry guns in public.

    “Constitutional rights do not stop at state lines,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Founding Fathers ensured our right to bear arms with the Second Amendment, and it is important to protect that right against attacks by individual state governments that think the Constitution does not apply to them.”

    Illinois law prohibits any person from carrying a firearm without an Illinois concealed carry license. Illinois bars non-residents from even applying for a license unless they live in a state with firearm laws substantially similar to Illinois’s.

    The 16-state coalition urges the entire United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to review an erroneous decision upholding Illinois’s unconstitutional restrictions.

    The 15 states joining Arkansas in the brief are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

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