Naperville Illinois Given Until Monday To Respond To Challenge To “Assault Weapons” Ban By Supreme Court Justice Barrett

 May 3, 2023

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, on Tuesday afternoon, gave the city of Naperville in Illinois, until Monday to respond to a challenge levied against its “assault weapons” ban,. Claiming that Naperville is unconstitutionally destroying his business, Robert Bevis, owner of Law Weapons & Supply, filed an emergency application with Justice Barrett, asking the court to intervene.

in Illinois that are pending appellate review. One of the bans is in Naperville, while the other is the state-level ban contained in the Protect Illinois Communities Act (PICA). In her current capacity-

“Barrett handles injunction petitions for the 7th Circuit, which covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.”

- Chicago Tribune

The case brings forth the question-

“Can the government ban the sale, purchase, and possession of certain semi-automatic firearms and firearm magazines tens of millions of which are possessed by law-abiding American for lawful purposes when there is no analogous historical ban as required in D.C. v. Heller (2008)…and New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen (2022).”

In addition to the constitutional concerns raided, the Bevis’s emergency application also points out-

“Moreover, Plaintiffs are applying for emergency relief because they are suffering much more than tangible harm to constitutional rights. Respondents are literally destroying Mr. Bevis’s livelihood, because the challenged laws are forcing Law Weapons, Inc., out of business.”

-Bevis v. Naperville and the State of Illinois, No. 22A948, Supreme Court of the United States.

“Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns.”
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