NRA Challenges Illinois Gun Ban

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posted on January 24, 2023
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker
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Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association and other pro-Second Amendment organizations filed a lawsuit today challenging the Illinois law signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) that bans commonly owned firearms and magazines. 
 
"The Supreme Court already ruled that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep arms that are commonly used by the people,” said John Weber, NRA Illinois state director. "Gov. Pritzker's decision to ignore the court and sign this bill demonstrates a blatant disregard for the rule of law and a willful ignorance of the nightmare he and his anti-gun allies in the statehouse have created with their soft-on-crime policies." 
 
Originally known as House Bill 5471, the law bans many semi-automatic firearms that law-abiding citizens commonly own for self-defense, competition, and recreation. It also bans certain spare parts for those firearms, handgun magazines that can hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition, long gun magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition and a "combination[s] of parts" from which such magazines can be assembled. Additionally, the bill also expands the duration of "red-flag" law restraining orders from six to 12 months.
 
"Instead of arresting, prosecuting, and punishing the criminals who break the law, Gov. Pritzker is focusing his attention on those who haven't broken any laws. The people of Illinois deserve better," Weber concluded. 

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