Supreme Court Leaves Illinois Assault Weapons Ban In Place

Denies request to review lawsuit while legal challenge proceeds.

The Supreme Court denied a request to block the enforcement of Illinois’ ban on assault-style weapons, leaving the ban in place. 

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Protect Illinois Communities Act in January after a mass shooting had occurred in the Chicago Suburb of Highland Park in 2022. The National Association for Gun Rights partnered with an Illinois-based firearms retailer to file a request that the Supreme Court block the enforcement of that law. None of the Supreme Court justices dissented from the decision. The decision simply stated the high court could not review the request while a separate legal challenge to the ban proceeds in lower courts.

Governor Pritzker commended their decision, saying, “Despite these challenges, I remain confident that the assault weapons ban will be upheld and will create a safer Illinois for our residents.”

The gun rights group said they will refile their request once the current lawsuit has concluded.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Supreme Court justices as they consider motions and requests for injunctions and stays in cases being heard in lower courts.
  • For wisdom for the justices as they craft opinions and rulings in cases they have heard.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill


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