Posted April 29, 2015 9:00 pm by Comments

By Johannes Paulsen

Judge Frank Easterbrook (courtesy

As Nick reported earlier, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a municipal ordinance in Highland Park, Illinois that bans so-called “assault weapons” as well as semi-automatic magazines with a capacity greater than ten rounds, in the matter of Friedman and Illinois State Rifle Ass’n v. City of Highland Park, Illinois. I had a few minutes to take a look at the opinion written by Judge Frank Easterbrook and oh, my, it’s a bit of a mess….

The Highland Park ordinance at issue (§136.005 of the City Code) specifically prohibits:

possession of assault weapons or large‐capacity magazines (those that can accept more than ten rounds). The ordinance defines an assault weapon as any semi‐automatic gun that can accept a large‐capacity magazine and has one of five other features: a pistol grip without a stock (for semi‐ automatic pistols, the capacity to accept a magazine outside the pistol grip); a folding, telescoping, or thumbhole stock; a grip for the non‐trigger hand; a barrel shroud; or a muzzle brake or compensator. Some weapons, such as AR‐15s and AK‐47s, are prohibited by name.

Judge Easterbrook spends some time in the opinion examining District of Columbia v. …read more

Via:: Truth About Guns

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