SKS Rifle Owner Prevails in Chicago “Assault Weapon” Case

SKS Rifle Owner Prevails in Chicago “Assault Weapon” Case

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SKS Rifle Owner Prevails in Chicago "Assault Weapon" Case
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FAIRFAX, Va. –-(Ammoland.com)- In a case supported by the NRA, David Lawson, who had previously been a plaintiff in McDonald v. Chicago, challenged the decision by the City of Chicago not to allow him to register two normal SKS rifles with fixed ten-round magazines.

Although the rifles do not meet Chicago's definition of an “assault weapon,” Chicago refused registration because they were “convertible” into “assault weapons.”

The city denied the registration in spite of the fact Chicago has a separate provision for dealing with registered rifles that are converted into “assault rifles” after registration.

Following an initial rejection and preliminary appeal before a hearing examiner, the case was appealed to the City Court. The judge ruled the hearing examiner had to take evidence as to whether the guns were actually capable of accepting a detachable magazine, which is one of the criteria to define a rifle as an “assault weapon,” and sent the case back to the hearing examiner.

At the hearing, Mr. Lawson and his counsel presented the SKS rifles for examination by the court, but the two “expert witnesses” for the City, both police officers, refused to even touch them.

The judge ruled in favor of Mr. Lawson and ordered the rifles to be accepted for registration.

This case shows how far the city will go to deny law-abiding citizens their Second Amendment rights, refusing to abide by its own regulations until forced by the court.

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Vladimir Ulyanov
Vladimir Ulyanov
6 years ago

I grew up and lived in the Soviet Union until I got the hell out after the USSR was dissolved. I came her for freedoms I didn’t have there. But, now I see that the freedoms your forefathers fought and died for are gradually disappearing. Registration is a pathway to confiscation, pure and simple. Barak Obama and the Left are doing their level best to whittle away at our freedoms!

tmuir
tmuir
8 years ago

"At the hearing, Mr. Lawson and his counsel presented the SKS rifles for examination by the court, but the two “expert witnesses” for the City, both police officers, refused to even touch them"

sounds like the expert witnesses were coerced/ordered by someone not to touch them. ~OR~ they were afraid of there incompetence rubbing off on the weapons devaluing them probably for the best.

Michael Williams
Michael Williams
3 years ago
Reply to  tmuir

That’s funny

Neil Evangelista
8 years ago

Bullsh*t!! Forcing an owner to register a firearm – ANY firearm – is INFRINGEMENT of the RTKABA. Read the definitions, people. Any elected official, appointed judge or bureaucrat that violates the Constitution is guilty of TREASON.

Impeach. Try. Convict. Sentence. …?

Michael Williams
Michael Williams
3 years ago

Obama is gone now and we have Donald Trump as President and now the second amendment rights will be protected !

Michael Williams
Michael Williams
3 years ago

In the Liberal world no one of Power who is an anti-gunner will be prosecuted for what you just mentioned but I agree with you .

Rod
Rod
3 years ago

Please understand that the registration law referenced in the story for Chicago has been voided by state law. This story is from before the Supreme Court ruled against Chicago. See http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/us/chicago-city-council-reluctantly-ends-gun-registry.html