NRA Files Lawsuit Over Illinois Assault Weapon Ban


Illinois’ two-week ban on semi-automatic weapons “radically” ignores the Second Amendment, a federal lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association, outlawing “everywhere” firearms. Tuesday Claim.

The powerful NRA has joined the parade of gun rights activists seeking to drop the newly enacted ban on dozens of rapid-fire pistols and long firearms, as well as high-capacity magazines and attachments.

Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law on Jan. 10 after seven people were shot dead and 30 wounded during an Independence Day parade in Highland Park outside Chicago. signed. He said he believed the law would stand up to court challenges to its constitutionality.

Two individual gun owners in Benton, nine miles northeast of St. Louis, are the lead plaintiffs in a second NRA lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. They include his two gun dealers and shooting range operators in southern Illinois, and a Connecticut-based shooting sports trade association.

The NRA’s petition notes that the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Heller decision refuses to allow restrictions on today’s “commonly used weapons.” .

Illinois law takes radical steps to ban “nearly all modern semi-automatic rifles, the most popular type in the country, owned by tens of millions of Americans.” rifle,” the document said.

According to the lawsuit, the 24 million AR-15 semi-automatic rifles in circulation in the United States far outnumber the 16 million Ford F-150 trucks, the country’s best-selling vehicle.

A similar constitutional challenge was filed last week in the Benton-based Southern District. Filed by gun owners and gun rights advocacy groups.

Other lawsuits filed in southern Illinois county courts challenge the legislative process for ratifying the law.

Plaintiffs in all cases are likely to seek courts in southern Illinois because they tend to favor Second Amendment rights. In central and southern Illinois, which have large populations of hunters and sports shooters, guns are viewed much more favorably than in the northern metropolitan areas, especially Chicago, which continues to fight deadly handgun violence. increase.

The NRA-backed lawsuit alleges that the law’s ban on high-capacity ammunition cartridges (up to 10 for rifles and 15 for pistols) and long lists of attachments and other accessories are equally problematic. increase. Addons are constitutionally protected “firearms” by inference, because they don’t work without them.

Pritzker and his allies nationally refer to firearms as “offensive weapons.” The petition describes the tradition of keeping weapons and includes a glossary. It explains that a restricted semi-automatic weapon is not a machine gun.

The detachable magazine dates back to the Civil War, and the semi-automatic power supply dates back a century.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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