Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Illinois ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

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Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Illinois ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban


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An Illinois judge placed a temporary restraining order on a recently passed gun law that bans so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

White County Resident Circuit Judge T. Scott Webb issued the temporary restraining order Thursday after plaintiffs alleged that the new law, HB 5471, violates the Illinois constitution. Commonly known as the Protect Illinois Communities Act, the law outlawed the sale, manufacture, possession and purchase of “assault-style” weapons, assault weapon attachments and .50-caliber cartridges, while also limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds for long guns and 15 rounds for handguns.

“It is hereby ordered that a temporary restraining order is entered enjoining the Defendants from enforcing or attempting to enforce any and all provisions of Public Act 102-1116 against the named plaintiffs in this cause,” Webb wrote in the ruling. “The order is binding upon all parties to this action, including their agents, officers, employees and attorneys.”

The initial lawsuit was filed by 1,690 plaintiffs against Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker in January. Since its signing, multiple lawsuits have been filed against the law.

Gun rights advocacy groups, firearms retailers and Illinois residents filed the first slew of lawsuits in January, arguing that the law violates the Second, Fifth and Fourteenth amendments of the Constitution, further saying that the Illinois legislature failed to properly adopt the law, according to court filings in the Effingham County Circuit Court, CrawfordCounty Circuit Court and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Democratic Illinois lawmakers passed the law in early January during the lame duck legislative session, leading dozens of sheriffs to announce that they would not enforce the “unconstitutional” law.

Pritzker did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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