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Former Illinois State Senate candidate sues Highland Park over assault weapon ban


Former Illinois State Senate candidate Arie Friedman is suing Highland Park over what appears to be a blatantly unconstitutional “assault weapons” ban:

One of the communities that rushed to pass an assault

weapons ban before a state law that allowed people to carry concealed

weapons took away their legal right to do so will now have to defend the

ban in court after a local pediatrician who owns semi-automatic weapons

filed a lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, Dr. Arie Friedman and the Illinois State Rifle

Association argue that Highland Park, a well-to-do suburb north of

Chicago, has no legal right to ban the weapons that Friedman says he

keeps for lawful purposes such as target shooting and self-defense.

Further, the lawsuit suggests that by lumping in the kinds of

semi-automatic weapons Friedman owns with fully automatic assault

weapons, the ban infringes on the rights of people to possess one of the

most commonly owned “sporting rifles” in the United States.

“Ownership of firearms that are commonly possessed by law-abiding

citizens for lawful purposes … is a fundamental right under the Second

Amendment of the United States Constitution,” according to the lawsuit.

Friedman did not immediately return calls for comment on the lawsuit.

The ban, which would require Friedman to turn over a Smith &

Wesson M&P 15 and Springfield Armory M1A that he owns, along with

the standard capacity magazines for each rifle. Both the AR-15 and the

M1A would seem to be textbook definitions of firearms “in common use at

the time.” The AR-15 is the single most popular centerfire rifle

platform sold in the United States, and the M1A is very popular .308


Both rifles are used in various kinds of sanctioned competition

shooting events, and are of obvious militia utility in the purest

expression of Second Amendment intent.

If Highland Park loses this case—and I personally find it nearly

impossible to defend—then other Illinois town that rushed bans like this

into law before they could be preempted by the state’s new concealed

carry law are likely to be sued as well.

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