NRA Challenges Illinois Gun Ban

An NRA-ILA-backed lawsuit challenging the Illinois semi-automatic and magazine bans signed into law earlier this month has been filed in federal court.

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posted on January 25, 2023
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The National Rifle Association and other pro-Second Amendment organizations filed a lawsuit this week challenging the draconian Illinois law signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker 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,” John Weber, NRA Illinois state director said. “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.

Learn more at NRA-ILA.org.

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