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ISRA Responds to Today’s Court Decision

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ISRA Responds to Today’s Court Decision

August 11, 2023

Media Contact: Richard Pearson

On Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision in the Caulkins v. Pritzker case, that the assault weapons ban does not violate the state constitution.

Richard Pearson, Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association – one of the oldest and most respected gun organizations in the United States, released the following statement:

“Today’s 4-3 decision by the Illinois Supreme Court that the assault weapons ban does not violate the constitution, was no surprise. But gun advocates across the state should not lose hope because our federal case — the ISRA case — which we expect to go before the U.S. Supreme Court, will prove to be a victory not just for law-abiding gun owners in Illinois — but across the country. And the ISRA and the Second Amendment Foundation are proud to stand up for gun owners as we take our case to the highest court in the land.”

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Lori Broadhead

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Ted Nugent

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