As per the Chicago Tribune, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has given the city of Naperville in Illinois time until Monday to respond to a challenge against its “assault weapons” ban.
According to Robert Bevis, the owner of Law Weapons & Supply, the actions of Naperville are unconstitutional and cause serious harm to his business.
It was earlier reported that Bevis filed an emergency application with Justice Barrett, asking the court to intervene and issue an injunction against two separate “assault weapons” bans in Illinois pending appellate review.
One of the bans is in Naperville and the other is the state-level ban contained in the Protect Illinois Communities Act (PICA).
The issue in the case is:
Can the government ban the sale, purchase, and possession of certain semi-automatic firearms and firearm magazines tens of millions of which are possessed by law-abiding American for lawful purposes when there is no analogous historical ban as required in D.C. v. Heller (2008)…and New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen (2022).
Apart from the constitutional concerns, the emergency application also highlighted that:
“Moreover, Plaintiffs are applying for emergency relief because they are suffering much more than tangible harm to constitutional rights. Respondents are literally destroying Mr. Bevis’s livelihood, because the challenged laws are forcing Law Weapons, Inc., out of business.”
The application is Bevis v. Naperville and the State of Illinois, No. 22A948, in the Supreme Court of the United States.
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