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As the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals prepares to hear the case Viramontes v. Cook County, the Firearms Policy Coalition has filed a court brief detailing why the ban on so-called “assault weapons” runs afoul of the Second Amendment and is, therefore, unconstitutional.

The brief, filed on Tuesday, is direct and to the point, presenting a convincing argument.

“The question presented by this case is whether the Second Amendment permits the government to ban the best-selling rifle in America and similar semiautomatic firearms,” the FPC  brief states. “The answer is no. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that ‘[t]he 18th century meaning’ of the word ‘arms’ is ‘no different from the meaning today’—namely, ‘weapons of offense, or armor or defense.’ And because the plain text of the Second Amendment does not distinguish between types of bearable arms, the Amendment’s protection ‘extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms.’”

The brief also argues that the semi-auto rifle is in “common use,” not rare as some uninformed parties claim.

“The principles established by Heller and confirmed by Bruen should make this a straightforward case,” the brief states. “The paradigmatic semiautomatic rifle banned by Cook County is the modern AR-15, and not only is it ‘commonly available,’ but according to the agency charged with administering the Nation’s firearms laws it is ‘one of the most popular firearms in the United States.’”

Also in the brief, FPC argues the banned rifles are “arms” under the Bevis ruling, are useful for self-defense, are distinct from M16s and are protected under Bevis’s historical analysis. It also argues that such rifles are not commonly used for unlawful purposes.

“While AR-15s and similar rifles are in common use for lawful purposes, there is one thing they very rarely are used for: violent crime,” the brief states. “From 2013 to 2022, rifles of any kind were used in an average of 356 homicides per year. Assuming every one of these rifles was a different AR-15 or similar semi-automatic rifle, that would mean that less than 0.01% of these rifles are used to commit homicide every year.”

Brandon Combs, FPC president, said the brief is part of the organization’s extended fight against unconstitutional bans throughout the country.

“As our brief makes clear, Cook County’s authoritarian ban on protected arms is totally unconstitutional,” Combs said in a press release announcing the brief’s filing. “We will continue to fight forward until this ban and all others like it are eliminated.”

Plaintiffs in the case are Cutberto Viramontes, Rubi Joyal, Christopher Khaya, the Firearms Policy Coalition and the Second Amendment Foundation.

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  1. Good luck to them. Especially there, but the anti 2A dominoes have been falling. Now is the time to double down. Keep them on their heels.

  2. I’m behind you FPC even though a corpulent billionaire thinks it er he’ s above the law. Just look how safe we are in ILLANNOY after passing the “safe act”🙄

  3. I’m behind you too FPC…Only this time grow a pair and tell the court History Confirms Gun Control in any shape, matter or form is Rooted in Racism and Genocide. And it should have been abolished the day it’s sidekick Slavery was abolished.

    Failure to bring forward The Truth About Gun Control provides standing for Gun Control and creates deranged Gun Control History illiterates like these…


  4. Given that the 7th has already upheld the Illinois assault weapons ban (and that a petition for cert is pending), the odds of a reversal are slim to none absent some other decision being issued by the Supreme Court.

    • Not familiar with the case but would it be before or after Bruen, not saying they wouldn’t slow walk it like the 2nd is doing but it “should” limit their options a bit.

  5. While the forum’s resident grand kleagle johnnyboy was dreaming about cross burnings and nooses here comes out of nowhere a Made in China half pint woman who pulled the rug from beneath the feet of America’s on point poster child for Gun Control…

    • LOL — living rent free in Deb’s head!

      You still haven’t answered my question — why are black run cities and countries total dysfunctional shyteholes?? It’s universal across time and space.

  6. Did the Surgeon General have CNN debate questions when he lied to the American people this week? (note: spoiler – the answer is yes he did lie and blatantly too.

  7. (Illinois) FPC Goes For The Jugular On AR BANS… Sotomayor’s Dissent Used Against Them In AR BAN Case!


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