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NRA sues over Illinois ban on semiautomatic weapons

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Illinois‘ two-week ban semi-automatic weapons It outlaws “ubiquitous” firearms in “radical” defiance of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the National Rifle Association.

The mighty NRA has joined a parade of gun rights activists seeking to lift the newly minted ban on dozens of rapid-fire handguns and long guns, as well as large-capacity magazines or accessories.

democratic government JB Pritzker signed into law January 10 in response to the shooting of seven people at the July 4th parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, where 30 were also injured. He said he believes the law will resist judicial challenges to its constitutionality.

Two individual gun owners from Benton, nine miles (about 14 kilometers) northeast of St. Louis, are the lead plaintiffs in the NRA lawsuit, the second to be filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. They are joined by two Southern Illinois gun dealers and gun range operators, as well as a Connecticut-based shooting sports trade association.

The NRA motion finds that the US Supreme Court’s landmark 2008 Heller decision refuses to allow any restrictions on “weapons in common use” to stand today unless — according to another ruling last summer — there are evidence of an “enduring American tradition” of restraint.

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

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

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A similar constitutional challenge was filed last week in the southern district of Benton. It was featured by gun owners and gun rights advocacy groups.

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

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Written by Natalia Chi

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