The Supreme Court Let Stand Local Law Banning Assault Weapons

The Supreme Court Let Stand Local Law Banning Assault Weapons

The Supreme Court let stand a Chicago-area ordinance banning assault rifles, again declining the chance to explain its view of gun rights.

In June 2013, the City Council in Highland Park, Ill., banned possession of semiautomatic guns and rifles, including all the versions of the AK-47, AR-15 and Uzi.

The Illinois State Rifle Association and a city resident Arie Friedman, sued to revoke the ordinance, contending it violated his Second Amendment rights, which provides that a “well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The court rejected the appeal Tuesday, saying they would have granted the case “because noncompliance with our Second Amendment precedents warrants this court’s attention as much as any of our precedents.”

In 2008 and again in 2010, the Supreme Court for the first time found the Second Amendment provides an individual right to self-defense with firearms.

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