(TheRedWire.com) – On Friday, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois judge Stephen Patrick McGlynn granted a temporary injunction that would block the gun law that banned several semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.
The ruling issued notes that the court needed to “be mindful of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.” The ban was originally signed by Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in January and it includes a number of penalties for anyone who “Carries or possesses… Manufactures, sells, delivers, imports, or purchases any assault weapon or .50 caliber rifle.” Those who legally own a firearm would need to register it with the Illinois State Police.
There are also statutory penalties included for any person who “sells, manufactures, delivers, imports, possesses, or purchases any assault weapon attachment or .50 caliber cartridge.” It further bans any kit or tools that can be used to increase the fire rate of semi-automatic firearms, which also limits the purchases of certain magazines.
Gun Owners of America, a plaintiff in the case stated that the ruling should be viewed by Pritzker as a message. GOA Senior Vice President Erich Pratt noted that the governor had believed that he would be able to put out his “anti-gun cabal in the legislature” However this ruling clearly shows that he was abusing his authority while infringing on people’s constitutional rights.
In his ruling McGlynn pointed out that he was not trying to “minimize the damage caused when a firearm is used for an unlawful purpose,” but claimed that this case is a legal question relating to the Second Amendment.
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