A US judge temporarily suspended the assault weapons ban in the state of Illinois
The plaintiffs argued that the ban violates the state Constitution and asked for an exception in the legislation where they are allowed to purchase these types of weapons
A US judge temporarily suspended the ban on assault weapons assault in the state of Illinois. (AFP)
Alower court in the state ofIllinois (USA) temporarily suspended the entry into force of a new assault rifle control law, preventing the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines from being limited or switches that convert semi-automatic weapons to machine guns from being banned.
An Illinois judge granted the restraining order requested by some 800 plaintiffs, blocking the law signed by Democratic Governor Jay Robert Pritzker last week, according to information from CNN< /i>.
This measure restricts the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, prohibits switches that allow semi-automatic firearms to fire automatically, and “expands the ability of courts to prevent dangerous persons from possessing a firearm through restraining orders.”
The plaintiffs argued that the ban violates the Illinois Constitution and asked for an exception in the law where they are allowed to purchase these types of weapons.
“This legislation has used criteria to choose who can and who can't own guns without due consideration,” said the judge who suspended the law, Joshua Morrison.
“Furthermore, due to the speed with which this bill has been passed, the effect to protected classes could not be considered, nor could the legislature consider whether this was the least restrictive way to achieve its objective”, added, according to the aforementioned chain.
In his ruling, Morrison cited a landmark US Supreme Court decision last year that struck down New York state's concealed carry law. The 6-3 sentence in the case of New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen found that the text of the Second Amendment protected the plaintiffs' right to carry firearms in self-defense.
The plaintiffs argued that the ban violates the Illinois Constitution and they asked for an exception in the legislation where they are allowed to purchase this type of weapon.
Meanwhile, the office of the Illinois Attorney General, Kwame Raoul, filed a notice of appeal and will ask the court to annul and annul the temporary restraining order, according to statements by the spokesman for the Prosecutor's Office Jamey Dunn-Thomason in a statement after the ruling was made public.
“This decision is not surprising. Although disappointing, it is the initial result we have seen in many cases brought by plaintiffs whose goal is to promote ideology over public safety,” Pritzker added in the letter.
The lawyers for Attorney General Kwame Raoulthey argued that the restraining order should be denied in part because the merits of the lawsuit would fail in court. “The record will show that the law was read publicly three times, that it refers to a single issue – guns – and that the plaintiffs have not shown that the exceptions to restricted gun possession are unfair,” they said.
“The exceptions provided in the law for professionals with specialized firearms training and experience, such as law enforcement and members of the military, easily pass rationally based scrutiny,” says the State's response.
The lawsuit is one of several that were filed after the promulgation of the new weapons law, which was approved in large numbers in the Democratic-controlled state legislature.
(With information from Europa Press and The Associated Press)