The Second Amendment Foundation has just won its lawsuit for the right to bear arms against the state of Illinois. It was a 2-1 ruling from the 7th Circuit in the case known as Moore v. Madigan, with the majority ruling that the Second Amendment "confers a right to bear arms  for self-defense, which is as important outside the  home as inside." Illinois gets 180 days to keep its current law in place; after that, it becomes null and void. Background:

I haven't followed this case closely, but it seems to me that this is likely to lead to a ruling from the Supreme Court on the national right to bear arms (meaning open or concealed carry of handguns) by next summer. And if the 5-4 majorities in the Heller and McDonald cases remain intact, that would mean that every state and municipality, even anti-gun ones including New York, Massachusetts, and California, must allow the carrying of handguns for self defense.

The reason the Supreme Court is likely to take this up this term, as if they weren't interested enough already, is that there's an obvious circuit split. The 2nd Circuit ruled two weeks ago in Kachalsky v. City of Westchester that New York's anti-right-to-bear-arms law was constitutional:

Also, the 9th Circuit heard arguments last Thursday in three different cases (most notably, Richards v. Prieto, brought by SAF and Alan Gura) challenging state anti-gun laws that restrict residents' right to bear arms, but those are later in the queue.

My prediction is that the Supreme Court continues its Second Amendment jurisprudence and reaches the same conclusions as Moore v. Madigan. This doesn't mean a free-for-all, of course: there are something like 10 million Americans licensed to carry handguns, not counting those in states where no permit is required, and carnage hasn't ensued. Courthouses and the secure zones of airports will remain off-limits, and training and background checks will likely be required. But it will mean, if I'm right, that starting soon after July 1, 2013, a licensed handgun owner from Texas will be able to walk around San Francisco's Union Square, Washington DC's national mall, or New York's Times Square while legally armed.
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