US Supreme Court cases: High court refuses to block assault weapons ban as legal challenges progress

ByPETER HANCOCK, Capitol News Illinois
Friday, December 15, 2023
US Supreme Court will not hear Illinois assault weapons ban case
The US Supreme Court will not hear Illinois' assault weapons ban case, an order from the highest court said Thursday.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court issued two orders this week turning down requests to block enforcement of Illinois' assault weapons ban while challenges to the law are still being heard in lower courts.

On Wednesday, Justice Amy Coney Barrett turned down a request from Republican state Rep. Dan Caulkins of Decatur and other gun rights advocates who lost their challenge to the law earlier this year at the Illinois Supreme Court.

And on Thursday, the full court issued an unsigned order denying a similar request for an injunction by the National Association for Gun Rights, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging both the statewide ban and a local ban in the city of Naperville.

NAGR filed its request Nov. 29 while it was waiting for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether it would reconsider its earlier decision upholding the law as constitutional. But the 7th Circuit said Monday it would not reconsider that decision.

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Because of that, NAGR said this week it is now preparing to ask the Supreme Court for a full review of the law.

Speaking to reporters in Springfield at an unrelated event Thursday, Gov. JB Pritzker, who signed the law back in January, said he still believes it is constitutional.

"I still believe that - as everybody that voted on the law and voted for it - that this is not only a legal undertaking and an appropriate undertaking to keep and safeguard the people of the state of Illinois, but a constitutional one too," he said.

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