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The US Supreme Court has once again chosen not to block an Illinois ban on assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines.

The ban, known as the Protect Illinois Communities Act, was enacted following a mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park that resulted in seven deaths and numerous injuries. Signed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in January, the act prohibits the sale and distribution of various high-powered semiautomatic firearms, including AK-47 and AR-15 rifles, and restricts magazines that hold more than 10 rounds for long guns and 15 rounds for handguns.

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The plaintiffs, the National Association for Gun Rights, Robert Bevis, and his store Law Weapons & Supply, had challenged both Naperville’s ordinance restricting certain assault rifle sales and the broader state ban, citing violations of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. However, their request for a preliminary injunction against the bans was denied by a lower court.

This case is among several that are contesting Illinois’ ban on assault-style rifles in both federal and state courts.


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