Supreme Court Allows Illinois ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban To Take Effect

The law will remain in effect temporarily while lower courts deliberate on the constitutionality of law that bans most commonly owned firearms and requires firearms registry with government.

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed Illinois’ ban on “assault weapons” to temporarily take effect on Wednesday.

The law will remain in effect while lower courts deliberate on its constitutionality, Fox News reported.

The law targets commonly owned semiautomatic rifles, including the AR-15, and requires those who already own such rifles to register them with the Illinois State Police.

The Supreme Court didn’t offer an explanation or any dissents on its decision.

The “assault weapons” ban passed in January, known as the Protect Illinois Communities Act (PICA), bans the sale, manufacture, delivery, importation, and purchase of many semiautomatic firearms and large capacity magazines, with the exception of law enforcement and military.

Shortly after the bill passed, sheriffs from 80 Illinois counties argued they will not enforce the “assault weapons” ban because it violates the right to self defense.

U.S. District Judge Stephen McGlynn issued a preliminary injunction against PICA in April at the request of an Illinois gun shop owner, arguing the law “obliterated” the Second Amendment “by criminalizing the purchase and the sale of more than 190 ‘arms.’”

Chicago Appellate Judge Frank Easterbrook then reversed McGlynn’s ruling this month, apparently to give both sides more time to file briefs.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit is now considering the case.

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