The Supreme Court struck down a request Wednesday for an injunction on an Illinois assault weapons ban, the Conservative Brief reported. This will allow the law to take effect while the matter is litigated in the lower courts.
The Protect Illinois Communities Act was passed on Jan. 10, Fox News reported. The law, which bans the ownership and sale of so-called "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines, specifically mentioned the AK-47 and AR-15 as verboten.
The legislation does not prohibit people who already own the weapons from keeping them but only the sale and ownership of new rifles. However, current owners of these guns are expected to register their weapons with the state police.
The injunction came as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit is mulling whether the law is constitutional. Justice Amy Coney Barrett fielded the request for the injunction, but the court did not release any explanation for striking it down.
In May, Southern District Judge Stephen Patrick McGlynn, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, issued an injunction. However, it was reversed by appellate Judge Frank Easterbrook, and that decision stands both in the 7th Circuit and now the high court.
The Supreme Court's decision means the law will go into effect temporarily, or at least until a final appeal overturns it. Second Amendment advocates are rightly upset at this gun grab and the court's unwillingness to take a firm stance at this time.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of every American to bear arms which shall "not be infringed." Outlawing previously permitted weapons and requiring registration with the state sounds very much like infringement.
Still, the legal group assisting the gun store owner who filed the motion took a pragmatic approach to the court's decision. "Any action the Supreme Court would have taken at this point would only have been temporary and not on the merits of the case itself," Hannah Hill, executive director for the National Foundation for Gun Rights, said.
"Clearly, the Supreme Court is watching the issue closely, and we look forward to appealing very soon on the merits of the 7th Circuit rules against us – as the signs currently point to." Although this is a state-level law being litigated, it comes at a time when President Joe Biden is attempting a national gun grab.
In the wake of The Covenant School shooting in March, Biden used the tragedy to push for another assault weapons ban. He has touted his 1994 plan that expired in 2004 as a model for it, Politico reported.
“I call on Congress again to pass my assault weapon ban. It’s about time we begin to make some progress, but there’s more to learn,” Biden told attendees during a Small Business Administration Women’s Business Summit.
First lady Jill Biden also used the occasion of what turned out to be a gender-confused woman murdering three children and three adults as an excuse to take guns away from law-abiding citizens. “I am truly without words," Jill Biden said.
"Our children deserve better. We stand, all of us, we stand with Nashville in prayer," the first lady claimed.
Democrats are always eager to disarm American citizens, and they'll use any excuse the can and any means necessary. The Supreme Court is the last stopgap, and hopefully, this injunction does not signal its desire to grant Democrats their wish.