Chicago U.S. Appeals Court Repeatedly 

Supports Laws banning Assault Weapons

Thursday’s federal appeals court declared Cook County, Illinois gun legislation. This includes a ban on assault weapons, large-capacity magazines and a ban on large-capacity magazines. It also confirmed a lower court verdict declaring the regulations to be intrinsic.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that both gun owners who resisted gun control measures in Chicago’s county, held “haven’t come forward with a compelling cause to reevaluate” since the court last examined a similar obstacle in Chicago’s suburb of Highland Park. This was also sued after the removal of an assault weapons ban.

The 7th Circuit stated that “the Second Amendment” does not affect any law that regulates guns.

The U.S. Supreme Court did not consider this circumstance in 2015. The appeals court concluded that the local authorities in gun regulation had remained in place. On Thursday, the panel rejected this conclusion.

Matthew Wilson and Troy Edhlund were the plaintiffs. They claimed that the Cook County ban on assault weapons was so obscure that it could be illegal to possess. They claimed that gun laws violated their rights.

Both gun owners claimed that the Cook County case was distinct from the Highland Park challenge. However, the attorneys for the gun owners claimed that the “frequency of their offender threats faced” from Chicago should be taken into account when determining if limitations violate gun owners’ Second Amendment rights.

That logic was not persuasive by the court, which stated that gun legislation did not stop taxpayers.

The court stated that the conversation about self-reliance was more focused on the availability of other means for citizens to protect themselves. “That is a question that can be answered by the laws of the area, and not its crime rates.”

Wilson and Edhlund’s attorney, gregory Bedell did not respond to a request for comment.

This situation could be appealed before the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is more conservative now that the Highland Park situation was rejected by the justices in 2015.