Supreme Court allows Illinois semiautomatic weapons ban to stay in place

The Supreme Court allowed Illinois’ law that bans high-powered semiautomatic guns to remain in effect. The Supreme Court, in a decision issued on Thursday, denied the request of the National Association for Gun Rights for a preliminary order. The ban was signed by Democratic Illinois Governor. J.B. Pritzker signed the ban in January. It includes penalties for those who “carry or possess… manufactures or sells… delivers, imports or purchases any.50-caliber rifle or assault weapon.” Also included are penalties for anyone who “sells or manufactures… delivers, imports or purchases any.50-caliber cartridge or assault weapon attachment.” The law will remain in effect until it is litigated by the lower courts. The National Association for Gun Rights stated in a press release that the ruling has no impact on the case. “A right delayed means a right denied and each day that these gun bans remain in place is a travesty of freedom.” As soon as our legal staff finishes drafting the cert petition, we will return to the Supreme Court to determine if the court meant what it said in Heller & Bruen,” stated Dudley Brown of the National Association for Gun Rights. FEDERAL JUDGE GRANT INJUNCTION TEMPORARILY BLOCKING ENFORCEMENT of ILLINOIS GUNS LAW. A panel of the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals in November refused to block this law. The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the law in August with a decision of 4-3. People who owned guns that were otherwise banned by law may still possess them as long as they register with the state before Jan. 1, 2020.