Illinois assault gun ban: The Naperville gun shop owner asked the US Supreme Court to suspend the ban

Thursday, April 27 2023 04.09

CHICAGO (WLS) — A Naperville gun shop owner has filed a complaint against the ban on the sale of assault weapons to the US Supreme Court.

Robert Bevis, owner of Law Weapons and Supply, asked the high court to suspend the city and state assault weapons ban for now.

A federal appeals court in Chicago previously rejected his request to block the state's assault weapons ban while facing legal challenges.

Bevis is appealing the ruling by US District Judge Virginia Kendall who found the ban “constitutional.”

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Bevis sought an injunction last month, asking a court of appeals to block the ban for herself and others affected by the law.

Now he's seeking a decision from the Supreme Court until his lawsuits challenging Naperville ordinances and Illinois law are resolved in court.

Illinois banned the sale of military-style guns and high-capacity magazines in a bill signed by Governor JB Pritzker on Jan. 10. Anyone who already owns such a weapon must register it with the state police.

The law also limits the purchase of magazines to 10 rounds for long rifles and 15 rounds for pistols, and makes rapid fire devices, known as “switches”, illegal because they turn firearms into fully automatic weapons.

In a statement, a Napervlle spokesperson said, “The City stands ready to continue to maintain its regulations… designed to protect the health and safety of our community.”

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report

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