GOA and 2A Colleagues File Lawsuit Against Illinois Gun Ban
By Caroline Thorman
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2023
Washington, D.C. – Today, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) joined a federal lawsuit filed today challenging Illinois’s latest ban on so-called “assault weapons.” The Second Amendment Law Center and the Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois are also lead plaintiffs in this suit, along with others as well.
As of today, the law prohibits the sale or transfer of specific sporting rifles or those based on features, as well as prohibits the sale of rifle magazines over 10 rounds or handgun magazines capable of carrying more than 15 rounds. Current owners of weapons meeting standards under this law will be required to register their lawfully owned products with the Illinois State Police by January 1st, 2024, or face possible felony charges.
This law, which was hastily passed on the very last day of the legislative session earlier this month, has received significant blowback from prosecutors and sheriffs across the state, with over 90% of sheriffs statewide issuing statements pledging not to enforce the law.
Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement:
“In response to nearly every sheriff in his state making clear that this law is blatantly unconstitutional, Governor Pritzker tyrannically threatened police by sayingSource: Gun Owners of America