On Friday, the U.S. Southern District Court of Illinois issued an order that would prohibit the enforcement of Illinois’ assault weapons ban while the constitutionality of the law is litigated. In response to the order, State Senator Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) issued the following statement:
“I applaud today’s decision. The order supersedes the U.S. 7th Appellate Court ruling issued last week which refused to grant an injunction stopping enforcement. While I have no doubt the Pritzker Administration will appeal the decision, I consider today’s order a huge win for law-abiding gun owners and others who cherish their Second Amendment rights.
“In Illinois, the majority party has continually gone after lawful gun owners by placing costly and burdensome hurdles in their path of gun ownership, and their so-called assault weapons ban went way too far. Rather than continually chipping away at lawful people’s rights, we need to aggressively go after those who break our laws and commit gun violence and punish them for their crimes.
“I am pleased the U.S. Southern District Court of Illinois recognized the extreme overreach of Governor Pritzker and Democratic legislators. As the assault weapons ban case continues to work its way through the legal system, I will stand with law-abiding gun owners who want to exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”
Click here to read the order.