Americans Lose Their Gun Rights?

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( – On Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that the assault weapons ban in Illinois had a reasonable limit and was not going against the Second Amendment in the way that other gun laws had.

In the decision, Judge Diane Wood determined that the government had several rights including punishing child abuse in cases where it was done “in the name of religion” or requiring valid identification cards from voters. Similarly, the Second Amendment was “no different” and reasonable limitations could be placed.

Last year Illinois had passed an assault weapon ban following the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. The shooting had resulted in dozens of people being wounded while seven had lost their lives.

Following the implementation of the law there were six separate lawsuits filed against the law. All of the cases reached the appeals court together and argued that the ban placed an illegal gun rights limit. However, on Friday the federal judge looking over the case disagreed with that assessment. Previously the Supreme Court had declined to see this case.

Previously plaintiffs had argued that following the Supreme Court’s ruling on New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, which had overturned legislation for gun control, states did not have the right to ban any “common use” weapons. However, Wood argued in the argument that it was “troublesome” if constitutional principles were decided by a “popularity contest.”

Democrats and gun control advocates have praised the judge over the ruling.

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