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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Will "Feelings" Fell The Bill Of Rights?

Last Friday, the NRA filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Friedman v. City of Highland Park. In April, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in that case allowing a Chicago-area ordinance banning “assault weapons or large-capacity magazines (10+ rounds)” to stand. You recall that ruling—in the justification for upholding the gun ban, the court did so on the basis that it “may increase the public’s sense of safety.” 

The NRA fears the Bill of Rights will effectively be destroyed if the government is permitted to trample constitutional rights according to perceived public feelings and fears. The Association’s “friend of the court” brief urges the Supreme Court to accept the case to correct the majority decision’s blatant defiance of Supreme Court precedent. Following the filing, Highland Park can now respond before the Supreme Court decides whether it will hear the case.