Illinois gun law stands: Supreme Court rejects block on ban of specific high-power semiautomatic weapons law

The Supreme Court declined on Thursday to stay a new Illinois law that would prohibit the use of high-powered semiautomatic guns like the one used in the mass killing of seven people at a 2022 celebration in a Chicago suburb.

In rejecting an emergency appeal from a gun rights group and others, the justices made no comment.

The possession, manufacturing, or sale of semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines is prohibited by law. It goes into effect on January 1.

A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals voted 2-1 in favor of the law last month, rejecting a plea by gun rights groups to block implementation. Separately, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the ordinance in an August 4-3 decision.

Illinois gun law stands: Supreme Court rejects block on ban of specific high-power semiautomatic weapons law

At least eight additional states and the District of Columbia have some kind of semiautomatic weapon ban, and other cases challenging those restrictions are making their way through federal courts, relying in part on the Supreme Court’s decision in 2022 that enlarged gun rights.

The Protect Illinois Communities Act prohibits the sale of dozens of specified rifles and handguns, including the popular AR-15,.50-caliber firearms, attachments, and rapid-firing devices. No rifle will be able to hold more than 10 bullets, with handguns limited to 15 rounds.

Those who owned such guns and attachments when the law was passed must register them with the Illinois State Police, including serial numbers. That procedure began on October 1.

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