Law Shield would like to advise our members that in late August, the National Rifle Association filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case of Friedman v. City of Highland Park (No. 15-133). The case challenges the City’s archaic ban on common semi-automatic rifles that it labels “assault weapons,” as well as standard-capacity magazines with capacities over ten rounds.
In April 2015, a divided three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban under a series of flawed tests that we think conflicts with Supreme Court precedent. See our previous coverage here.
Ultimately, the panel majority ruled that the government may ban common firearms and magazines that are possessed by millions of law-abiding Americans — if doing so might make some members of the public “feel safer.”
On July 27, 2015, the plaintiffs filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari asking the Supreme Court to rehear the case to correct this ruling.
The NRA’s amicus or “friend of the court” brief explains that firearms and magazines that are commonly possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes are protected under the Second Amendment and simply cannot be banned.
Click here to see the related case filings.