Illinois AG Appeals Assault Weapons Ban Restraining Order

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)  Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has asked a state appellate court to dismiss a temporary restraining order on Illinois’ new ban on so-called “assault weapons.” The two-week-old law was adopted in response to a mass shooting at the July 4th parade in Highland Park. Raoul filed the request Monday with the 5th District Appellate Court. It contends that a restraining order issued last Friday by an Effingham County Circuit Judge was improper because of contrary state Supreme Court rulings, and the lawsuit’s inability to prove that the gun ban’s approval violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause. Several lawsuits have already been filed against the new law and nearly 80 County Sheriff’s across the state have said they won’t enforce it.

Associated Press (1-24-23)