Chicago Suburb Assault Weapon Ban Stands: Supreme Court

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Chicago Suburb Assault Weapon Ban Stands: Supreme Court

In a hopeful sign, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a case arguing that the assault weapon ban instituted by Chicago suburb Highland Park was unconstitutional. Refusing to consider the case means that the legal situation is clear cut, in effect confirming that the assault weapon ban ordinance under consideration is in full compliance with the U.S. constitution and other applicable U.S. law.

What this means in practical terms is that the 2013 ordinance passed by the city of Highland Park will remain in place. The Highland Park ban applies to a variety of military-style semi-automatic weapons, including guns such as the AR-15 and AK-47, as well as to magazines that hold over 10 bullets.

Details on the Supreme Court refusing to hear assault weapon ban case

The vote by the Justices was 7 to 2, with two conservatives on the nine-member court, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, arguing they should have gone ahead ad considered the case.

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Justice Thomas penned a six-page dissent, arguing  that despite several recent pro-gun rights rulings by the high court, a number of lower courts “have upheld categorical bans