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Supreme Court Declines To Block ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

Supreme Court’s Decision

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On Dec. 14, the Supreme Court declined an emergency application for a writ of injunction against the Illinois assault weapon ban. This left the Protect Illinois Communities Act intact, with no justices dissenting.

The Protect Illinois Communities Act

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The Act makes it illegal for the general public to own weapons such as the AR-15 and magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. This law represents a significant stance on gun control in Illinois.

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Petition for Injunction

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The National Association for Gun Rights and gun store owner Robert Bevis filed the emergency petition after a lower court denied a preliminary injunction against the ban. They are determined to continue fighting for their members’ rights, as expressed in their recent social media post.

Hannah Hill’s Statement

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Hannah Hill, the group’s executive director, stated on social media that the Supreme Court has taken “serious notice” of the case. She looks forward to giving the court an opportunity to weigh in on the merits of the case.

Earlier Supreme Court Decision

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In May, at an earlier case stage, the Supreme Court had also refused the plaintiffs’ request for an injunction. This consistent stance by the court has not seen any public dissent from the justices.

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Governor Pritzker’s Reaction

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who signed the Act into law, hailed the Supreme Court’s decision as a historic win for Illinois. He views this as a crucial step in tackling the challenges posed by the gun lobby.

Public Response to the Decision

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The Supreme Court’s decision and Mr. Pritzker’s interpretation of it as a “historic win” have drawn mixed reactions from the public. While some praised the decision, others criticized it for potentially limiting community and family safety.

The Act’s Implementation

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The Protect Illinois Communities Act, signed by Mr. Pritzker in January 2023, bans the sale and distribution of various high-powered semiautomatic firearms. This includes weapons like the AK-47 and AR-15 rifles, and magazines exceeding certain round capacities.

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Exemptions and Trigger Event

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The ban exempts “trained professionals” and those who owned the guns before the law’s effectivity in January 2024. The legislation followed a tragic shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, intensifying the debate on gun control.

Plaintiffs’ Legal Battle

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Arguing that the ban covers commonly possessed firearms for lawful reasons, the National Association for Gun Rights and Mr. Bevis sued to block the law. Their efforts were met with rejection at the district court level and by a divided panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Appeals Court’s Ruling

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U.S. Circuit Judge Diane Wood, writing for the majority, stated that the plaintiffs needed to prove the banned weapons are commonly kept for self-defense and not predominantly useful in military service. The court considered if the banned firearms fall under Second Amendment protection, ultimately concluding they do not.

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Second Amendment Considerations

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The appeals court judges deliberated whether the banned firearms are protected by the Second Amendment. They concluded that these weapons, akin to military-grade weaponry, do not fall under the category of arms typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes.

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