Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Unconstitutional Illinois Gun Ban

Illinois Governor Democrat J. B. Pritzker (2023, January 13). In Wikipedia.

BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the recently-signed Illinois gun ban legislation, alleging it to be unconstitutional and asserting the state has criminalized “a common and important means of self-defense.” The case is known as Harrel v. Raoul.

Joining SAF in this legal action are the Illinois State Rifle Association, Firearms Policy Coalition, C4 Gun Store LLC, Marengo Guns, Inc. and a private citizen, Dane Harrel. Named as defendants are Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly, and other officials in their official capacities. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

“Illinois has banned the future sale, importation, purchase, delivery and manufacture of the most popular rifle in the United States, along with their standard capacity magazines,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “People who already own such firearms must now register their guns with the State Police. This ban violates the constitutional rights of Illinois gun owners, and we intend to prove it in court.

“Once again,” he continued, “Illinois lawmakers are scapegoating firearms and people who own them in a transparent attempt to convince people they are doing something about the horrible violence the state has suffered in recent years, especially in Chicago. In reality, it’s an effort to distract the public from the fact that these same lawmakers have been unable or unwilling to crack down on criminals responsible for violent crime.”

Modern semiautomatic firearms banned under the new Illinois law have been deliberately mischaracterized as “assault weapons” and even “weapons of war,” Gottlieb explained. He called this patently dishonest and deceitful.

“Anti-gun politicians tout this sort of legislation,” Gottlieb observed, “while they know it really won’t accomplish anything beyond creating the false public impression they are making the community safer. No neighborhood, no city, and no state ever became safer by restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

About the Second Amendment Foundation

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 720,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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Damn, the people of Illinois were really on their their A game when they elected this scumbag.


Some one says Gangster and you automatically think: Pritzker!


you voted that worthless piece of shit in office, you made your bed now sleep in it


Shinyo, I sure as hell didn’t vote for this POS. My comment above was intended to be sarcastic as to why people in Illinois would vote for this trash. They put this shit bag in office , now they have to deal with it.


F–king jobba the hutt’s brother

Is he member of the biteme crime family? Or laundering money for them.

Last edited 14 days ago by macdog

Go eat some more greasy chicken you fat lardass


Chuck, maybe the SOB will take your advice , resulting in clogged arteries , resulting in a fatal heart attack. That would be a major win for the people of Illinois.


That’s no way to talk about Stacy Abrams’ body double. ;-I


This fat creep is a gangster! His entire family are ruthless scumbags!


Illinois has a long history of scumbag gangster politicians.

Joe R.

I gave the benefit of the doubt to all by not stating this in my post below, but think the better of that now and would like to add, that: If you have a 2x Enumerated Right, and your sole [the sole] Enumerated “duty” is to chuck your [any] government, then NO LEGAL OR LOGICAL argument can be made to say that [again “any”] government should still wrest control of the means, OR THE PERMISSION TO OBTAIN THE MEANS, to do so. Therefore, the 2nd Amendment demands ≥ PARITY of Arms with our government, and it is not our fault… Read more »


It’s always, with Dems and their followers, a war on guns, but NEVER a war on criminals.


“a war on criminals”? Do you REALLLLLLY think these WHITE COLLAR CRIMINALS would attack their BASE???? GET REAL!


If I was going to make a movie about the mob, I’d offer Pricker a leading role.


Illinois, so glad I don’t reside there anymore. No more FOID cards, having to put up with their gun rights. Free!


What if hitler had been killed in 1935?

Dubi Loo

PRICKster is auditioning to run for POTUS in 2024. 80% of elected Sheriffs have stated in writing they will not enforce this unconstitutional abomination.


Pritzker can’t be serious. Supreme Court precedence has already settled cases like this (McDonald vs Chicago, DC vs Heller, Bruen vs city of NY). Pritzker’s objective is to exhaust funding resources of 2nd amendment support groups. Still notching another Supreme Court win would also be very useful and exhilarating.

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That’s the same MO of WA ST gov and AG.


The (only?) decent thing about Illinois is that after losing the court fight they get to write a(nother) huge check payable to SAF to cover their legal expenses.


The guvnor is a good little DemoKKKrat commie. SUE HIM PERSONALLY for the HARM he IS DOING!!


“Dropped” is typically used to describe a withdrawal. “Filed” would be a better headline.


Thinker1 … Yes thanks for clearing my confusion . Gives the exact opposite meaning ! Was reading to find out why .

F Riehl, Editor in Chief

Updated, thanks.

Joe R.

AGAIN, this issue can be federalized, under the 2nd Paragraph of The Declaration of Independence. That paragraph recites all bona fide U.S. Citizens SOLE ENUMERATED “duty” as the duty to chuck your government “whenever” such (each and several) Citizen(s) deem necessary. And it recites it as “any government”, so it is not just limited to the Federal government. That sole Enumerated “duty” is co-recited with the Enumerated “Right” to do so, and that Right is also the ONLY Enumerated Right to be recited 2x in ANY Founding document. So no one can come along after and claim that the Founders… Read more »


Time to get your 1 inch bore blunderbuss and start protesting.



FJB and JBP!


Ever notice you don’t hear much about organized crime or the the mafia anymore? It exist in our government. Now they can create their own laws and legislation. Who has all the money and power now?


This should get interesting.

PS “Dropped” is misleading in the title. It makes it sound like the lawsuits was pulled when it the opposite happened.