National Foundation for Gun Rights Rights Petitions Supreme Court to Provide Emergency Relief from Assault Weapons Ban

On April 26, 2023, the National Foundation for Gun Rights (NFGR) called on the United States Supreme Court to provide emergency relief from two “assault weapons” bans enacted in Illinois.

NFGR argued that the Illinois prohibition infringed on the Second Amendment rights of Illinois residents. The lawsuit also challenges an AR-15 sale ban that the City of Naperville, Illinois enacted.

Initially, NFGR requested a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, which would block both the local and state prohibitions on behalf of the plaintiff, Naperville gun store owner Robert Bevis. The gun store owners’ livelihood was severely disrupted by both bans. On top of that, the district court violated several Supreme Court precedents that upheld gun rights. In turn, NFGR attorneys appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, pleading that Bevis was facing heavy business damage without receiving speedy relief.

The Seventh Circuit refused to temporarily block the two semi-auto prohibitions pending its review of the preliminary injunction appeal, which propelled NFGR to file an Emergency Application for Injunction Pending Appellate Review with the US Supreme Court.

“The assault weapons ban is a blatant violation of the rights of law-abiding citizens and does nothing to address the causes of gun violence,” declared Dudley Brown, President of the National Foundation for Gun Rights. “Between them, Illinois and the City of Naperville are about to drive a law-abiding gun store owner into bankruptcy just because they don’t like his business. That’s grossly unconstitutional, and we’re asking the Supreme Court to put a stop to it.”

The Emergency Appeal can be found here:

NFGR is the National Association for Gun Rights’ legal defense arm and its mission is centered on expanding pro-gun precedents and safeguarding gun owners’ rights. More information about NFGR can be found below:

Illinois is one of the most anti-gun states in the country. According to Guns & Ammo magazine’s best states for gun owners rankings, Illinois is ranked in 39th place, making it one of the most anti-gun jurisdictions in the nation. Due to Democrats’ firm control of the state government, the likelihood of pro-gun reforms being passed is very low. Instead, gun owners will have to rely on legal action to protect their rights.  

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