‘Judge Shopping’ By Illinois State In Gun Ban Cases Backfires

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BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)- What appears to have been a blatant effort by the State of Illinois to go “judge shopping” to transfer several federal lawsuits challenging the new state law banning so-called “assault weapons” and their magazines has backfired, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“Our lawsuit and others have actually all been transferred to a very fair-minded judge,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We anticipated the cases would eventually be consolidated, but instead of winding up with a judge who the state hoped would be unfavorable to Second Amendment issues, I believe we now have an unbiased judge.”

All of the cases have been assigned to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. SAF’s case, filed with the Illinois State Rifle Association and Firearms Policy Coalition, is known as Harrel v. Raoul.

“This effort will likely come back to haunt Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Attorney General Kwame Raoul,” Gottlieb said. “The governor made a spectacle out of signing an extremist gun ban law, and we immediately challenged it in federal court. The attorney general is in the uncomfortable position of having to defend the law, and he’s also a defendant in the case. Their judge shopping efforts have backfired.”

Gottlieb said last summer’s Supreme Court ruling in the Bruen case is making it tough for gun prohibitionists to justify laws that have been penalizing honest citizens for decades and new gun control schemes designed to ratchet down on Second Amendment rights even further.

“Illinois has to find a way to justify Pritzker’s gun ban, and the state cannot possibly do that because it is not consistent with historical tradition dating back to when the Constitution was ratified,” Gottlieb said. “Pritzker and others like him believe the Second Amendment is a privilege, not a right. In reality, they think the Second Amendment is a loophole, and they are determined to seal it shut because citizen disarmament is really what this is all about.”

“We’re confident the court will shut them down, instead,” he concluded.

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. Second Amendment Foundation

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Like the politicians really care. They can point and say ‘we tried’ and it didn’t cost them a dime as they are spending your money in court.


ALL of these “politicians” who introduce, encourage and FORCE an ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL “bill/law” MUST be HELD PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE for ALL COURT/LAWYER/LOSS OF PAY COSTS! Perhaps a charge of ABRIDGING THEIR OATH OF OFFICE which will consist of 6 months loss of pay and 2 YEARS less counted towards retirement!!


I like disbarment and removal from office better. They have so many back door deals to make them rich, loss of pay and 2 years less retirement is a joke compared to what they make illegally like pelosi with her investments made with the knowledge of what was going to happen the next day. All USmail vehicles being electric.


I initially read your comment to say, “I like dismemberment…” and thought that I couldn’t agree more…


Lol, thanks for the laugh.


Send them to the gallows.


these stinking communist need to be removed from this country


Starting with Omar.


The only reason that politicians want to take away your guns is they are planning something that will get them shot !

Green Mtn. Boy

Foisted on their own petard.


It’s hoisted by, not foisted on! Do you know what the phrase means?
I have written several papers exposing the crimes of the legal system, one of them is called Is Someone Shopping Around For A Friendly Judge?, and others are The Legal System Is Even WORSE Than Gambling!, The Holes In The Legal System, Any Person Subject To…, The Scam Of The Legal System, and many more.

Sam in New Hampshire

“Hoisted by his own petard” = blown up by his own bomb. (from Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet)


From Hamlet:
They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way
And marshal me to knavery. Let it work,
For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard; and ’t shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon. 


Hey FATSO go eat some more greasy chicken you fat lardass


Wow, did I wake up back in high school again? I missed it?


Everyone is not like you lardass!