SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI)-- Thousands of Illinois gun owners rallied in Springfield Wednesday to challenge state lawmakers to pass a Conceal and Carry law.
The debate over Conceal and Carry legislation continues to rage, even though a federal appellate court has ordered the legislature to approve a statute permitting Illinois residents to carry a concealed handgun by the second week in June.
Three to four thousand Illinois gun owners rallied in Springfield before heading to their legislators' offices to deliver a firm message. Participants marched several blocks to the state capitol.
They want a clear statute passed that permits law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons. And leaders say they are prepared to fight restrictions on semi-automatic rifles and magazines.
Leaders of various pro-gun groups say now that they have the federal court decision on their side, it won't matter if Illinois lawmakers fail to pass a Conceal and Carry law by the court's June deadline.
They'll just begin carrying concealed hand guns under the court order.