The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to block an Illinois ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as a challenge to the new law is moving through the courts.
In a sentencing order, the justices denied a request from an Illinois gun store owner and a gun rights group to block a state law they contend violates Second Amendment rights. to possess weapons. The court did not provide an explanation for the decision.
A judge in a separate challenge ordered the law to be halted, but a federal appeals court reversed that decision earlier this month.
State lawmakers passed the law after a mass shooting during a 4th of July parade in a suburb of Chicago last year.
Gun store owner Robert Bevis and the National Association for Gun Rights, in a filing urging the justices to step in, argued “there cannot be the slightest question” that the restrictions in Illinois violates the Second Amendment. They pointed to a 2022 decision in which justices struck down New York’s law on who can carry a concealed weapon.