Gun rights advocates scored a victory when the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a challenge to a Cook County assault weapons ban to proceed.
The court on Thursday ruled that lower courts were wrong to throw out the challenge. The Supreme Court says it wants the trial court to hear evidence on whether assault weapons get the same Second Amendment protections as handguns.
Bidders will get a chance later this month to buy two weapons once owned by Bonnie and Clyde.
A tommy gun and a 12-gauge 1897 Winchester shotgun that were used by the infamous outlaw couple will go up for auction in Kansas City on Jan. 21.
The Joplin Globe reports that the weapons were among those seized during a raid of Bonnie and Clyde's apartment in Joplin on April 13, 1933. Until recently, the guns were displayed at the Springfield Police Museum.
The leader of the Illinois State Rifle Association says he's pleased a Peoria judge signed an order barring the state police from releasing the names of 1.3 million firearm owner identification cardholders.
Richard Pearson says the order signed this week is further protection for gun owners, who won a similar victory this year when the state Senate passed a bill prohibiting public disclosure of people with FOID cards.
Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.
Governor Pat Quinn sent a message Tuesday asking lawmakers to reject a plan that would allow concealed carrying of firearms. But an Illinois House committee ignored Quinn and advanced the measure. It could be called for a floor vote this week.
Quinn says he doesn't want residents carrying loaded guns.
Missouri House members have approved legislation expanding the state's concealed gun laws.
The measure would lower Missouri's minimum age for getting a permit to carry a concealed gun from 23 to 21 years old. It also would allow legislative staff members and statewide elected officials who have permits to carry concealed guns in the Capitol.
Lawmakers who have permits already can bring a concealed weapon to their meetings.
The legislation was approved 117-38 on Thursday. It now goes to the Senate.
Updated 4:07 p.m. March 1, 2011 with statement from Illinois State Police
The Illinois State Police released a statement this afternoon in disagreement with the Attorney General's recommendation:
"The Illinois State Police respectfully disagrees with the recent opinion of the Attorney General's Public Access Counselor (PAC) regarding the release of names of Firearm Owner Identification cardholders. The Department intends to request that the PAC issue a binding opinion so that the issue may be resolved through the judicial process."