Supreme Court Upholds New Illinois Law Banning Some High-Powered Semi-Automatic Rifles

The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to put on hold a new Illinois law prohibiting the possession, manufacture or sale of semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines, refusing an emergency appeal from a gun rights group and others, the Associated Press reports. The Protect Illinois Communities Act bans dozens of specific brands or types of rifles and handguns, including the popular AR-15, .50-caliber guns, attachments and rapid-firing devices. No rifle will be allowed to accommodate more than 10 rounds, with a 15-round limit for handguns. Those who owned such guns and accessories when the law was enacted have to register them, including serial numbers, with the Illinois State Police. The law has previously been upheld in recent months by both the Illinois Supreme Court and the 7th District U.S. Court of Appeals.

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