SCOTUS Rejects Illinois Gun Ban Case

July 3, 2024

The Supreme Court declined to review National Association for Gun Rights v. Naperville, allowing the case to move forward in the lower courts. The U.S. District Court previously denied a preliminary injunction to block a law affecting gun owners, a decision upheld by the 7th Circuit. This ruling, which controversially stated that AR-15s are not protected by the Second Amendment, stands despite strong opposition from Justice Clarence Thomas.

Thomas criticized the 7th Circuit’s decision as “nonsensical,” arguing that AR-15s, as widely owned semi automatic rifles, are indeed “Arms” under the Second Amendment. He emphasized the importance of the Supreme Court reviewing this decision if it returns in a final judgment posture.

Hannah Hill, Executive Director for the National Foundation for Gun Rights, expressed frustration, stating, “Today’s decision tells the lower courts they’re more than welcome to trample Bruen to their hearts’ content – at least for the time being. For now, the Second Amendment IS a second-class right until the Supreme Court decides to stop ducking the issue.”

Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights, echoed this sentiment, pointing out that the Supreme Court’s inaction effectively delays justice for gun owners. “Justice Thomas just told the nation that the 7th Circuit got it wrong when it ruled that AR-15s – the most commonly owned rifle in America – is not a gun at all under the Second Amendment. They better get used to hearing from us because we will keep bringing ‘assault weapons’ ban cases until they get it right.”

The Supreme Court’s reluctance to address this critical issue leaves many Second Amendment advocates concerned about the future of gun rights in America. As the legal battle continues, organizations like the National Association for Gun Rights remain dedicated to challenging laws that infringe upon constitutional freedoms. This ongoing struggle underscores the importance of vigilance and persistent advocacy in defending the rights enshrined in the Second Amendment.

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