BENTON – On Friday, the Illinois State Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Illinois’ recently enacted firearms and magazine ban shall remain in place. 116th district State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) issued the following statement.
“Today’s ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court harms the ability of law-abiding gun owners to exercise their constitutionally-guaranteed 2nd Amendment rights. I’m not sure what part of “shall not be infringed” is so hard for Illinois Democrats to understand. The people of Illinois were made much less safe by a previous decision of the court to uphold the end of cash bail. Criminals are gaining more rights than law-abiding folks in this state, and it is a shame.
“Even Democrat Justice Mary K. O’Brien said that the firearms and magazines that are banned under the law, “Do not and will not reasonably remedy the evils the legislation was designed to combat.”
“When criminals are being let go, and law-abiding gun owners become the target of law enforcement efforts, the people of Illinois ultimately lose. A court case pending at the federal level stands a good chance of striking down this law once and for good. I’m remaining hopeful that the US federal court system will do the right thing and reinstate the 2nd Amendment rights that have been lost as a result of legislative Democrats, Governor Pritzker, and today’s Illinois Supreme Court decision.”