A Civil Rights Victory

Judge Stephen McGlynn has issued a preliminary injunction in Harrel v. Rauol preventing Illinois from enforcing its laws banning “assault weapons” and standard capacity magazines. You can read the judge’s order here.

Here’s the money quote from the order—

Whether well-intentioned, brilliant, or arrogant, no state may enact a law that denies its citizens rights that the Constitution guarantees them. Even legislation that may enjoy the support of a majority of its citizens must fail if it violates the constitutional rights of fellow citizens.

Meanwhile, we are still waiting for the Fourth Circuit to correct its ruling affirming Maryland’s similar bans. The Supreme Court reversed and remanded Bianchi v. Frosh last June, new oral arguments were heard last December, but the Court of Appeal still has not published a new opinion.

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