7th Circuit: That Which is not Explicitly Allowed by Heller Can be Forbidden
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.
Via:: Truth About Guns