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NRA-Backed Lawsuit Challenging Illinois’ Semi-Automatic and Standard-Capacity Magazine Ban Goes to SCOTUS.

Monday, February 12, 2024

NRA-Backed Lawsuit Challenging Illinois’ Semi-Automatic and Standard-Capacity Magazine Ban Goes to SCOTUS.

Today a petition was filed with the United States Supreme Court, asking it to hear the NRA-backed challenge to Illinois’ ban on popular semi-automatic firearms and standard-capacity magazines.

The lawsuit was filed as soon as the bill was signed into law. It got off to a strong start by securing a preliminary injunction that prevented the law from taking effect. But the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that, holding that these commonly owned firearms and magazines are not “arms” under the Second Amendment. That decision could not go unchallenged—especially coming just a year after the Supreme Court decided New York Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen.

“Rather than trim back existing restrictions on constitutionally protected rights to comply with Bruen Illinois promptly enacted the most restrictive firearms law in the state’s 200-year history, banning the possession of more than 1,000 previously lawful semiautomatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns, including many of the most popular models in the country, along with their component parts, plus ubiquitous ammunition feeding devices,” the petition argues. “More remarkable still, a divided panel of the Seventh Circuit vindicated that massive resistance by resurrecting pre-Bruen caselaw and embracing the novel theory that Illinois’ law does not even implicate the Second Amendment and trigger the state’s burden to prove that it is ‘consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.’”  

“It is unfortunate that this Court needs to intervene just two years after Bruen to remind lower courts that they are not free to pick and choose among fundamental rights or Supreme Court precedents,” the petition concludes. “But it is imperative that this Court do so. HB5471 is ‘stop me if you can’ legislation. This Court can, and it should.”

The case is captioned Barnett v. Raoul. It was filed in the Southern District of Illinois on behalf of individual plaintiffs and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org for future updates on NRA-ILA’s ongoing efforts to defend your constitutional rights.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Louisiana: House Passes Constitutional Carry, Now Headed to Gov. Landry’s Desk for His Signature

Today, the House voted 75-28 to pass Senate Bill 1, the NRA-backed constitutional carry legislation that passed the Senate last week.

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Monday, February 26, 2024

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Washington: Two Anti-Gun Bills Advance Through the Legislature

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Washington: Two Anti-Gun Bills Advance Through the Legislature

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Maine: Gun Registries, Red Flags, Universal Background Checks and more.

It has been a busy week for Maine’s anti-gun politicians. From releasing a new bill that would implement Universal Background Checks and Red Flag laws in Maine, to Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02) pushing for a ...

Minnesota: Two Anti Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard in Committee

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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On Thursday February 28th at 10:30 am, House File 601 and House File 4300 will be heard in Room 200 of the State Office Building by the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee and the Children and ...

South Dakota: Enhanced Conceal Carry Bill Passed in Committee

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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Minnesota: "Assault Weapons" Ban Referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Minnesota: "Assault Weapons" Ban Referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy

On Monday, House File 3570 was referred to the House Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy and would ban so called “assault weapons” by expanding upon an existing statute used to define these firearms. The bill ...

South Carolina: Permitless Carry Passes the Senate, Waiting on Concurrence by the House

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

South Carolina: Permitless Carry Passes the Senate, Waiting on Concurrence by the House

Last week, South Carolina moved one step closer to becoming the 28th state to enact Permitless/Constitutional Carry! This effort has been years in the making, clearing a major hurdle by passing the Senate, which has been ...

Louisiana: Senate Passes Constitutional Carry - Take Action Now!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Louisiana: Senate Passes Constitutional Carry - Take Action Now!

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