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    Rutledge Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving a Municipal Ban on Certain Firearms


    September 3, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she joined an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a petition for certiorari in the case, Friedman v. Highland Park. The brief, which was filed on Aug. 28, was signed by 24 State attorneys general.

    Friedman v. Highland Park was filed in 2013 and sought to invalidate a city ordinance that banned semi-automatic rifles and magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. Highland Park, a Chicago suburb, was one of several municipalities that enacted ordinances regulating or banning the possession of certain firearms before Illinois passed its concealed carry law. In May 2015, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision allowing the gun and magazine ban to stand.

    “As a strong defender of law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights, I urge the Supreme Court to take this case,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Seventh Circuit decision threatens the Second Amendment rights of Arkansans and all Americans’ freedoms by further opening the door for a potential federal ban on these types of firearms. Such a federal law would override the policy choices of an overwhelming majority of States where these firearms are allowed.”

    The brief argues that the Supreme Court should overturn the Seventh Circuit’s decision, invalidate the municipal ban and ensure the lower courts provide a robust protection for Second Amendment rights.

    The State attorneys general write, “granting certiorari and reversing the Seventh Circuit’s decision would provide clarity not only to the lower courts but also make clear to Congress that these bans are unconstitutional and any federal effort to disrupt State efforts to protect the Second Amendment rights of their citizens will fail.”

    A copy of the brief is available by clicking here.

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