Is the IL Assault Weapons Ban Over?
First of all, no, it is not. The IL "Assault Weapon" & Magazine Ban is still in-effect and enforceable.
Update 3/16/23 10:00PM
The Illinois State Police has updated their FAQ's with the following:
"Does the Macon County case 2023-CH-3 completely strike down the Protect Illinois Communities Act and render it unenforceable across Illinois?"
The current Macon County judgment and any TROs entered in other actions are only applicable [sic] to the specific Plaintiffs and Defendants in those actions. More information will be forthcoming as additional rulings transpire through the state and federal courts and when the Illinois Supreme Court rules on the matter.
So... that's that. If you're a buyer but not a named plaintiff buying from a named plaintiff, you are violating the law, according to the Department of the State Police.
Original Post 3/10 continues below:
The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) did send out an alert Thursday though regarding a ruling in the Macon County "Assault Weapon" Ban suit.
The ISRA stated in their alert that:
"Judge Forbes has issued a temporary restraining order stopping the gun ban and registry. The TRO covers all citizens in the State of Illinois, not just the named plaintiffs."
"After reviewing with counsel the Macon County Circuit Court's decision, based on how the decision is not explicitly limited to one named person or group of persons and based on how the Opinion clearly finds the challenged law unconstitutional on a facial basis as opposed to being unconstitutional as-applied to any particular person or persons, the ISRA believes that the Macon County decision is meant to be read to apply to all persons in the State. We acknowledge that the language therein also seems aimed towards facilitating an Illinois Supreme Court review, and we are confident that the skillful attorneys representing the plaintiffs will successfully present their arguments to that Court at the appropriate time."