SAF and Partners Urge Supreme Court to Review Illinois Gun Ban

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The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), joined by its partners, is making headlines with a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. They’re seeking a review of Illinois’ ban on modern semi-auto firearms and “large-capacity magazines” in the pivotal case of Harrel v. Raoul.

Attorneys David Thompson, Peter Patterson, and Will Bergstrom of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC, along with David Sigale of Wheaton, IL, are spearheading the legal challenge.

The group, which includes the Illinois State Rifle Association, Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc., C4 Gun Store, LLC, Marengo Guns, Inc., and private citizen Dane Harrel, initially filed the federal complaint in January 2023.

SAF’s founder and Executive Vice President, Alan M. Gottlieb, declared the Illinois gun and magazine bans unconstitutional. He referenced the landmark Heller and Bruen decisions, which protect firearms that are in common use.

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“It is indisputable that modern semiautomatic rifles and magazines holding more than ten cartridges are in common use by tens of millions of U.S. citizens,” Gottlieb stated, emphasizing that such a ban is, according to the high court’s own words, ‘off the table.'”

Adam Kraut, SAF’s Executive Director, outlined the crucial questions at the heart of the case. These focus on whether the Constitution allows the government to prohibit citizens from using semi-automatic firearms and commonly-owned magazines for self-defense.

With similar cases pending in other jurisdictions, Kraut stressed the importance of the Supreme Court’s acceptance of this case for review.

The petition aims to correct what SAF perceives as lower courts’ disregard for the Supreme Court’s directives on the 2A.

Gottlieb and Kraut are determined to advance firearms freedom through strategic litigation, and this case could set significant precedents for gun rights in America.

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  • Hondo February 18, 2024, 2:59 pm

    Illinois is a shithole state run by communist parasites, no wonder people are fleeing that state in record numbers, sadly they go to good states and just vote the same idiotic way.

  • Clint W. February 16, 2024, 5:33 pm

    Illinois’s old school 3 letter acronym, I L L, is a perfect acronym for a terrible state. My son lived and worked there for 13 years, he could find no gun ranges within sensible distance from Waukegan that would allow the use of a semiauto rifle of any kind, ever a Ruger 10-22 You had to load and fire one round at a time. He found one range that would not allow AR’s or any clone of an AR. About a hundred miles into Wisconsin was the closest normal gun range. He moved back home to NC, and now we both let it rip on the range. He lived in an upscale quiet neighborhood in old Waukegan off Sheridan. About 2 years ago, with the influx of illegals and gangs, there was a gun battle on his street between two cars whose rounds riddled the house of one of his neighbors. If it would have been his house and he was still in it, a house he slaved away on to restore over a 10 year period, he would have gone through several magazines in his ACR and taken them out.

  • Frank February 16, 2024, 10:43 am

    Kudos to the SAF! They’ve brought or assisted in 80% of the successful 2A cases in the last 2 decades. If only the NRA had acted in a similar fashion.

    • Clint W. February 16, 2024, 5:41 pm

      SAF, GOA, CCRKBA seem to be the ones in the forefront of these battles, and the NRA seems to take the credit. Recently in SC, the NRA backed a very bad bill for gun owners, and the citizens and real gun rights organizations fought back. The bill was turned back to be re-written. The NRA threatened any state rep that did not vote for the bill, to have their NRA rating degraded. The NRA did capitulate when confronted by the negative reaction to the bill, and one state rep threatened to tear up his lifetime NRA card on the legislatures floor. The NRA needs to regrow a set and get back in the fight.

      • I Love Liberty February 18, 2024, 7:31 pm

        I agree with you about Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America and the Citizen Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear arms. They are fighting hard in the courts, the States and in Congress for our 2nd Amendment liberties. I just renewed my Gun Owners of America membership and I have been a member for years.

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