Gun control advocates did not immediately respond to the ruling. But as other states passed concealed carry laws, they had argued that Illinois’ ban was important for their stance in the national debate over gun control.
The country needs ‘‘one state people can look to and see it’s still doing the right thing,’’ Mark Walsh, director of the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said last year.
The ruling Monday stems from a lawsuit filed by a former corrections officer, Michael Moore of Champaign, a farmer, Charles Hooks of Percy in southeastern Illinois and the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation.
John O'Connor was reporting from Springfield.
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