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June 21, 2023

BELLEVUE, WA – Attorneys representing the Second Amendment Foundation and its partners in a lawsuit challenging the Illinois ban on so-called “assault weapons” have filed a response brief in the state’s appeal in the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge Stephen P. McGlynn in the Southern District of Illinois granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of that state’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” in April. The case is known as Harrel v. Raoul.

Joining SAF in this case are the Illinois State Rifle Association, and Firearms Policy Coalition. Marengo Guns, the C4 Gun Store, and Dane Harrel, for whom the case is known. They are represented by attorneys David Sigale of Wheaton, Ill., and David H. Thompson, Peter A. Patterson, and William V. Bergstrom at Cooper & Kirk, Washington, DC. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the “Protect Illinois Communities Act” (PICA).

“Our case has been consolidated with other cases challenging the ban,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “This lawsuit against Illinois’ so-called assault weapons ban is one of eight Second Amendment Foundation legal challenges against unconstitutional semiautomatic gun ban laws across the country, and in this particular case, Illinois seems determined to convince the court that the guns included in the ban do not fall within the definition of Second Amendment-protected arms when clearly they do.”

“The state’s arguments seem to suggest the court should ignore the Supreme Court doctrines set down in last year’s Bruen case,” added SAF Executive Director Adam Kraut. “The state would have the court believe these so-called ‘assault weapons’ are something relatively new, despite the fact such firearms and their magazines have been around for generations, and the technology has been around for more than a century.”

In his ruling, Judge McGlynn clearly observed, “A constitutional right is at stake. Some Plaintiffs cannot purchase their firearm of choice, nor can they exercise their right to self-defense in the manner they choose. They are bound by the State’s limitations.”

“There is no wiggle room in Judge McGlynn’s remark,” Gottlieb said. “The ban is an affront to constitutional rights, and should be nullified.”

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing, and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.  Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 720,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

56 – Appellees’ Response Brief

“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