Illinois Attorney General Files Appeals to Dismiss Restraining Order on Semiautomatic Gun Ban

Illinois Attorney General Files Appeals to Dismiss Restraining Order on Semiautomatic Gun Ban

Attorney General Kwame Raoul addresses members of the audience after being sworn into office at the Bank of Springfield Center on Jan. 14, 2019. (Vishesh Anand/Illinois Public Media, CC BY-NC 2.0)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has asked a state appellate court to dismiss a temporary restraining order on Illinois’ new ban on semiautomatic weapons.

The two-week-old law was adopted in response to a mass shooting at the July 4th parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park.

Raoul filed the request Monday with the 5th District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon.

It contends the restraining order issued last Friday by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison was improper because of contrary state Supreme Court rulings and the lawsuit’s inability to prove the gun ban’s approval violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause.

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