Illinois’ assault weapons ban faces federal court challenge

Federal and state lawsuits filed against Illinois' assault weapons ban.
Federal and state lawsuits filed against Illinois' assault weapons ban.(MGN)
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 11:55 PM CST
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(25 News Now) - A federal lawsuit has been filed challenging Illinois’ assault weapons ban, signed into law by Gov. JB. Pritzker earlier this month.

The lawsuit said bans on commonly possessed semiautomatic firearms and ammunition magazines violates the right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Late Tuesday night, the Illinois State Rifle Association said in a news release that it was joining with other “lawful gun owners” to file the suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Others filing the complaint are the Firearms Policy Coalition, the Second Amendment Foundation, the C4 Gun Store in Sparta, Marengo Guns in Marengo and St. Clair County resident Dane Harrel.

The announcement came on the eve of a hearing scheduled in Effingham County Circuit Court Wednesday morning. A state judge will be asked to rule on an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order to stop enforcement of the new law.

The lawsuit in state court was filed by Thomas DeVore, the Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General, who lost in the November election. DeVore filed the suit on behalf of Accuracy Firearms of Effingham and many other plaintiffs.