A federal appeals court will hear arguments Oct. 3 over a push by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under the state's fledgling concealed-carry law. Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association want the Court in Chicago to intervene after failing to sway a federal judge in East St. Louis to allow immediate concealed carry. The Illinois Legislature passed the last-in-the-nation concealed-carry law July 9 against Gov. Pat Quinn's objections, giving Illinois State Police 180 days to set up the permit process and an additional 90 days to process applications. Shepard and the rifle group consider that ``foot-dragging.'' The state counters the legal challenge is moot, and that the permitting process should be allowed to run its course.
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