Illinois Supreme Court upholds state ban on assault weapons, law still faces federal litigation

In news that will leave many dismayed and many others enraptured, the Illinois Supreme Court on Friday morning decided to uphold the state’s recent ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in a 4-3 decision; it still faces a challenge in federal court, however.

Republican lawmaker Dan Caulkins, of Decatur, and other plaintiffs claimed in their suit that the law actively violates the constituion’s equal protection clause, as well as that it constitutes special legislation because some groups of people are exempt from the ban.

After hearing the case and deliberating though, the state’s high court ultimately rejected claims that the law violates the Illinois Constitution.

Illinois State lawmakers passed the ban in January in response to a mass shooting last summer in Highland Park.

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