SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A pair of central Illinois men and a gun rights group have sued the state to try to force it to allow concealed weapons. The lawsuit comes eight days after legislation to allow state residents to carry hidden guns failed.
The lawsuit was filed late Thursday in federal court by former corrections officer Michael Moore of Champaign, farmer Charles Hooks of Percy and the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation.
They argue Illinois' prohibition against concealed weapons violates the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment and what they see as Americans right to carry guns for self-defense.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said she is reviewing the lawsuit.
On May 5 the state House voted down the bill to allow concealed guns. Illinois and Wisconsin are the only states that ban concealed weapons.
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