CHICAGO, IL (June 20, 2023) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of a Seventh Circuit response brief in its lawsuit that secured a preliminary injunction against the Illinois “Protect Illinois Communities Act” (“PICA”). The brief in FPC’s Harrel v. Raoul case, along with other case documents, can be viewed at FPCLaw.org.
“Simply put, the firearms and feeding devices Illinois has banned are not just in common use; they are ubiquitous,” argues the brief. “Under a straightforward application of Bruen, that puts HB5471 profoundly out of step with our Nation’s history of regulating firearms. The district court was thus eminently correct to recognize Illinois’ grave overstep and enjoin HB5471.”
“Two months ago, the District Court correctly found that the arms banned by PICA are in common use and protected by the Second Amendment,” said FPC Vice President of Communications Richard Thomson. “We look forward to the Seventh Circuit affirming the District Court’s decision and letting our preliminary injunction go into effect.”
FPC is joined in this lawsuit by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association.
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