The leader of the Illinois State Rifle Association is praising a federal court's decision to strike down a state law that banned carrying concealed weapons and says Illinois could have a new concealed carry law by early next month. Richard Pearson says a bill has already been written by state Rep. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg that includes provisions for background checks, field provisions and other issues. He says lawmakers could consider it in January if they wanted to. Phelps says the appeals court action means ``Christmas came early for law-abiding gun owners.'' The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down the ban and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law legalizing concealed carry. Illinois is the only state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal. Meanwhile, Gov. Pat Quinn's office is reviewing a federal appeals court's decision to strike down a ban on carrying concealed weapons. Quinn has been in favor of strict gun control laws and proposed an assault weapons ban earlier this year, which lawmakers voted down. Spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the Chicago Democrat's office is reviewing the opinion. She didn't immediately have further comment.
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