A Wisconsin and Florida man were convicted of conspiring to transfer unregistered machinegun conversion devices disguised as “pen holders."

Supreme Court Leaves Illinois Gun Restrictions In Place

A Wisconsin and Florida man were convicted of conspiring to transfer unregistered machinegun conversion devices disguised as “pen holders."
File. By: Katelynn Richardson

The Supreme Court declined for the second time on Thursday to block an Illinois gun law banning semiautomatic firearms and imposing restrictions on magazine capacity.

In a brief order without explanation, the Supreme Court declined a request by the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), along with a gun shop owner, to halt enforcement of the law, along with a similar ordinance passed in the city of Naperville, while they appeal the case. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law in a ruling last month.

“[T]he Seventh Circuit’s decision was manifestly erroneous,” the plaintiffs wrote in a filing. “In the meantime, plaintiffs and hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Illinois citizens are suffering irreparable injury because their fundamental right to keep and bear arms is being infringed.”

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The guns banned by the law are “possessed by millions of law-abiding Americans who overwhelmingly use them for lawful purposes, including self-defense in the home,” they wrote.

Illinois passed its law, which bans semiautomatic firearms and magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds for long guns and 15 rounds for handguns, in January. The law quickly spurred multiple lawsuits challenging its constitutionality.

The justices previously turned away another emergency request by the plaintiffs to pause the law in May.

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