Illinois 'assault weapons' ban law faces Supreme Court challenge

 December 6, 2023

Last year, anti-gun politicians in Illinois passed an "assault weapons" ban that generated immediate controversy. 

Lawsuits were filed, and the law that would ban "assault weapons" was seen by many as a gross infringement on the gun rights of law-abiding residents, and has faced numerous legal actions previously.

According to Breitbart, thankfully the matter just took a giant leap forward with possible relief in sight, as the U.S. Supreme Court docketed the case, called National Association for Gun Rights v. City of Naperville, Illinois.

Breitbart noted:

The plaintiffs include the National Association for Gun Rights, Robert C. Bevis, and Law Weapons, Inc. d/b/a Law Weapons and Supply.

The plaintiffs seek an en banc hearing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and an injunction against enforcement of the Protect Illinois Communities Act until the hearing is held.

The matter made its way to the high court after an emergency application was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs. Justice Amy Coney Barrett is in charge of emergency applications submitted from Illinois.

The Illinois law, one of the strictest of its kind, was to many a clear violation of residents' Second Amendment rights.

Breitbart summarized the law:

The Protect Illinois Communities Act bans the sale of AR/AK-style rifles in the state, allowing those who already own them to keep them as long they register the guns on a state database. The ban covers more than 160 firearms and Illinois residents have until January 1, 2024, to register those firearms in the database.

According to WIFR, as of Wednesday, Illinois had only 24 hours to respond to the Supreme Court to argue why a preliminary injunction should not be issued.

Brad Miller, manager of Flashpoint Firearm in Roscoe, discussed the ongoing situation, saying that the high court's look at the case is a good thing.

"Governor Pritzker said the other night in an interview that we don’t need...there’s no reason for regular people to own weapons of war that shoot 30, 50, 100 rounds at a time. Standard AR-15′s don’t do that," said Miller,

He added, "I’m very hopeful that Amy Coney Barrett does the right thing and puts an injunction on this. Of course, the state has the right to appeal it and I’m sure they probably will, but I’m hoping for some relief very soon."

Miller also said since the law has been in place, gun violence in the state has not decreased, proving once again that gun control laws are not followed by criminals.

Hopefully, the conservative majority Supreme Court will see the light and trash the ridiculous law for good.