Trial on merits of Illinois’ gun ban could begin July 8, attorney says

(The Center Square) – A plaintiff’s attorney suing Illinois over the state’s gun and magazine ban expects the case to go to trial on the merits in July.

Illinois enacted a ban on more than 170 semi-automatic firearms, attachments and magazines over certain capacities in January 2023. Shortly after, lawsuits were filed alleging the ban violated the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment.

One consolidated case in the Southern District of Illinois in April 2023 sided with the plaintiffs seeking a preliminary injunction while the case played out. That suspension of the law went up to the appeals court. The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a stay six days later, reversing the preliminary injunction, saying the state had a likelihood of advancing on the merits.

After the appeals court mandate in the case was issued, Southern District of Illinois federal Judge Stephen McGlynn told litigants it was time to address the
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