Pritzker Signs Unconstitutional Semi-Auto Gun Ban into Law

Jan 11, 2023

The National Association for Gun Rights and its legal foundation press forward with lawsuits against Naperville and Highland Park gun bans

Springfield, IL –Last night, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a statewide ban on certain semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines holding more than 12 rounds of ammunition.

Due to wording in the legislation, the ban takes effect immediately.

“Semi-auto and magazine bans are blatantly unconstitutional. This law violates the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens in Illinois and directly flies in the face of the Bruen decision issued by the Supreme Court seven months ago,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “We know this statewide ban against the most popular firearm in America is retribution for the lawsuits we filed against Naperville and Highland Park. But the anti-gun lawmakers and governor have overplayed their hand because those lawsuits are already fighting similar policies and a circuit-level pro-gun ruling will absolutely destroy this state law. We will continue fighting gun bans until the Second Amendment rights of every law-abiding citizen of Illinois are protected.”

With the decision handed down in Bruen, laws like this one must find their justification in the history, text, and tradition of the Second Amendment. These laws ban firearms that are in common use throughout the United States in violation of the test set forth in Heller. 

“The Governor has made it clear that he intends to use the full force of the State Police and ‘all law enforcement’ to enforce his heinous unconstitutional gun ban. This cannot be allowed to stand,” said Brown.

Copies of the lawsuits filed against Naperville and Highland Park can be found at: https://gunrightsfoundation.org/awb-mag-ban-lawsuits/

The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members nationwide.

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