Supreme Court Decides Not to Block Liberal Illinois Assault Weapon Bans

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On Thursday, the Supreme Court declined once more to vacate the Illinois ban on high-capacity magazines and assault weapons.

The prohibitions, according to many observers, appear to violate citizen’s Second Amendment rights. They have petitioned the Supreme Court for an emergency injunction to halt enforcement.

A comparable request was submitted by the plaintiffs during the spring, but it was denied.

Once more, their motion was denied by the high court in a concise order with no dissenting opinions noted.

The ruling temporarily maintains the status quo of the laws; however, the matter may ultimately be revisited by the justices.

Progressives in Illinois enacted the gun control measures in the wake of a mass shooting that occurred during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, resulting in seven fatalities and dozens of injuries.

A similar ordinance was enacted in Naperville, a municipality situated approximately 35 miles southwest of Highland Park.

It prohibits the sale of assault rifles, which are defined as 26 distinct categories of weapons or other firearms that satisfy specific criteria.

Law Weapons and Supply, owned by Robert Bevis, the National Association for Gun Rights, and the plaintiffs, however, argue that the statutes in question fail to meet the standards recently established by the Supreme Court to evaluate infringements of the Second Amendment.

The six conservative justices of the high court ruled in a landmark decision from the previous year that gun control measures must be consistent with the nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.

In February, a preliminary judgment from a federal district judge declined to halt the implementation of either the city ordinance or the state law.

Illinois argued in court documents that the plaintiffs failed to meet the stringent requirements of the Supreme Court for emergency relief.

Multiple emergency requests to obstruct gun control measures have been denied by the Supreme Court since it issued its landmark expansion of Second Amendment rights one year ago.

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