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Illinois Assault Weapon Ban Gets Hit With Second Block From Judge

A second temporary restraining order was reportedly issued by an Illinois court against a newly approved gun bill that prohibits so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Plaintiffs claimed that the new law, HB 5471, violated the Illinois Constitution, prompting White County Resident Circuit Judge T. Scott Webb to issue the temporary restraining order on Thursday.

The ‘Protect Illinois Communities Act’ prohibited the sale, production, possession, and purchase of “assault-style” weapons, assault weapon accessories, and.50-caliber bullets.

In addition it also as well as restricting magazine capacity to 10 rounds for long guns and 15 rounds for handguns.

In January, 1,690 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Several addition lawsuits have been brought against the statute since its passage.

According to court filings in the Effingham County Circuit Court, Crawford County Circuit Court, and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, gun rights advocacy groups, firearms retailers, and Illinois residents filed the first slew of lawsuits in January.

The argument being that the law violates the Second, Fifth, and Fourteenth amendments of the Constitution, and that the Illinois legislature failed to properly adopt the law.

During the lame duck legislative session in early January, Democratic Illinois lawmakers enacted the measure.

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