Fast facts: Illinois Assault Weapons Ban Upheld  

  • The Illinois Supreme Court ruled the state’s so-called “assault weapons ban” constitutional on August 11, 2023, based on the constitution of the state of Illinois—not the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.   
  • Individuals argued that the ban violated the state constitution’s Equal Protection Clause by treating certain classes of people differently.   
  • The Illinois Supreme Court’s decision was not unanimous—it was 4-3. The close nature of the ruling highlights the complexity and debate surrounding the issue.  
  • Gun owners in Illinois must continue to adhere to the assault weapons ban following the court’s decision. Despite the ruling, there are still ongoing legal challenges to the ban, with at least five cases pending.   
  • U.S. LawShield® members can receive guidance and assistance using our everyday helpline for those navigating concerns related to the assault weapons ban. 

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