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Oral Arguments Presented in Illinois Right-to-Carry Case-*In perhaps the clearest case in the country addressing the right to bear arms outside the home for self-defense, oral arguments took place June 8 in Chicago, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.*Shepard v. Madigan*involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and trained gun owner with no criminal record, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida.* Unfortunately, she has no legal way to do so in Illinois as soon as she steps away from her home or place of business.* The National Rifle Association is funding this case, and our state affiliate, the Illinois State Rifle Association, is a co-plaintiff on behalf of its members who share Mrs. Shepard's plight.

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