Supreme Court Won’t Block Illinois’ Assault Weapons Ban

WASHINGTON (WTVO) — The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Illinois’ ban on semi-automatic weapons will remain in place for the time being.

Judges heard the case after the National Gun Rights Foundation and a Naperville gun store owner asked the court to stay the enforcement of the law pending a final judgment by the Court of Appeals.

The High Court has dismissed an emergency petition from those challenging a law banning so-called assault weapons. Opponents of the law have asked the court to suspend the law pending court challenges. The court did not comment, and no judge publicly dissented.

Governor JB Pritzker signed a ban on the sale of military firearms and high-capacity magazines in January.

The Illinois Community Protection Act now prohibits the future sale of about 100 types of semi-automatic pistols, shotguns and rifles because they are considered assault weapons. In Illinois, long gun magazines with more than 10 rounds and handgun magazines with more than 15 rounds are now illegal.

Gun owners who own guns on the list can keep their guns under the new law, but must register with the Illinois Police Department by January 1, 2024.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the primary injunction against Illinois’ semi-automatic rifle ban, meaning the ban can be enforced by the state.

Nine other states and the District of Columbia have similar gun laws to Illinois, according to Brady, a gun control group tracking the bill. California, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, and New York also require registration of guns purchased before the law, while four other states (Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Washington) do not. do not have.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Supreme Court Won’t Block Illinois’ Assault Weapons Ban

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