SPRINGFIELD, Ailing. (WTVO) — As extra authorized challenges to Illinois’ new semiautomatic weapons ban, the Illinois State Police is asking the courts to consolidate the federal lawsuits into one.
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the regulation on January tenth in response to the capturing deaths of seven on the Fourth of July parade within the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, the place 30 have been additionally injured.
The regulation bans the sale or possession of greater than 170 semi-automatic guns and requires present homeowners of the weapons to register with the state police by January 1st, 2024.
Many county sheriff’s throughout the state say they won’t implement the ban, because it conflicts with the 2nd, fifth, and 14th amendments to the U.S. Structure, which grants residents the fitting to bear arms, the fitting in opposition to self-incrimination, and the fitting to equal safety beneath the regulation.
The 24 million AR-15 semiautomatic rifles in U.S. circulation far outnumber the 16 million Ford F-150 vans, the nation’s top-selling automobile, in keeping with a lawsuit filed by the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation.
Proponents of the regulation have labeled the weapons as “assault weapons,” however gun store homeowners have argued that true assault weapons – these utilized by the U.S. navy – are already unlawful. They’re absolutely computerized machine guns just like the M16 and the AK47, which have been banned by the federal authorities in 1986.
On Thursday, Illinois State Police (ISP) filed a movement to consolidate three federal lawsuits, together with one introduced by the Illinois State Rifle Affiliation.
“Consolidating the instances will stop pointless duplication of litigation in 4 completely different instances, selling judicial financial system. And as every case is on the preliminary levels of litigation, no social gathering will likely be prejudiced by the consolidation,” the ISP stated in its movement.
Weapons are seen way more favorably in central and southern Illinois the place there are bigger populations of hunters and sport shooters, in comparison with northern metropolitan areas, significantly Chicago, which continues to battle lethal handgun violence.
The gun ban can also be going through authorized challenges on the state degree. Final Friday, a circuit court docket decide in Effingham County issued a temporary restraining order shielding 860 plaintiffs, together with gun retailer homeowners, from the regulation.
The case will advance to a preliminary injunction listening to on February 1st.
A number of different state-level lawsuits have been filed, difficult the