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ISRA Statement on US Supreme Court Denial of Emergency Relief

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ISRA Statement on US Supreme Court Denial of Emergency Relief

July 2, 2024

ISRA Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Rejection of Emergency Relief on Gov. JB Pritzker’s Ban on Commonly Used Firearms

Justice Clarence Thomas Calls the 7th Circuit’s Definition of “Non-Militaristic” Limitation “Nonsensical”

(Springfield, IL) – Last February, the Illinois State Rifle Association followed through on a promise made to law-abiding, responsible gun owners that they would challenge Gov. JB Pritzker’s ban on commonly owned firearms in Illinois on the grounds that the law is unconstitutional by officially filing their appeal with the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

On January 17, 2023, the ISRA, Firearms Policy Coalition and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a federal lawsuit with the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Illinois challenging the law. After making its way through the legal process and out of District Court, on December 11, 2023, the Seventh Circuit rejected our request for a hearing as expected – paving the way for the certiorari Petition (a formal request to review the case) to the U.S. Supreme Court. On early Tuesday, the Court effectively ended our request for emergency relief, however the case will continue in front of Judge Stephen McGlynn in the Southern District of Illinois.

In the dissenting opinion, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, who was in favor of granting emergency relief,  had some strong words for the 7th Circuit, writing, “The Seventh Circuit’s contrived “non-militaristic” limitation on the Arms protected by the Second Amendment seems unmoored from both text and history….. And, even on its own terms, the Seventh Circuit’s application of its definition is nonsensical.”

“We are obviously very disappointed for the millions of legal gun owners in Illinois by today’s decision not to grant emergency relief, but we’re not giving up. And today’s decision does not impact the merits of our case for our upcoming hearing on September 16h in the Southern District of Illinois.  Too much is at stake, and the ISRA remains on the front lines and continues to stand up to Gov. Pritzker and anti-gun legislators in Springfield on behalf of 2.4 million law-abiding, responsible firearms owners in Illinois,” said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. “Our objective from the very beginning of the process that started the moment Gov. Pritzker signed the bill into law – was to take our case to the United States Supreme Court.  And we followed through on that promise, and despite today’s decision – if given the chance, we’d do it all over again because it is the right thing to do,” said Pearson.

The ISRA has and will continue to stand up for the rights of Illinoisans. On September 16h,  the ISRA and the other Harrel Plaintiffs are preparing for a trial on the issues before Judge McGlynn in the Southern District of Illinois.

The ISRA is presently leading the charge as a named plaintiff on two cases and playing a supporting role in an additional five more – totaling 7 cases dealing with constitutional issues and on behalf of law-abiding gun owners in Illinois.



“Ninety-eight percent of the people in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.”

Lily Tomlin

“The people who work against your gun rights are basically saying to you, “The right of the criminal to rip you off, rape and kill you shall not be infringed.” And they wonder why we’re a bit testy”

Editor of KABA LIBERTY ADVOCATE, Friday, July 30, 2001

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”


“You may find me one day dead in a ditch somewhere. But by God, you’ll find me in a pile of brass.”

Tpr. M. Padgett

“Using inner city kids as your proof that guns and kids don’t mix, is like using an alcoholic to prove all people will abuse alcohol.”

Lori Broadhead

“How dare politicians continue to pass insane laws forcing good, law-abiding people to be defenseless and helpless.”

Ted Nugent

The said Constitution [shall] never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe or to prevent the people of the United States from keeping their own arms.”

Samuel Adams, Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”

Thomas B. Reed (1886)

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776)

“Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution are courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the constitution THEY don’t like.”

Alan Dershowitz

“Every 13 seconds in America someone uses a gun to stop a crime.”

Sen. Larry Craig

“The AK-47 is not a device of aggression … I devised this machine-gun for the security of my country,”

Mikhail Kalashnikov, April 1997