Gun store owner says he's ready to fight Illinois gun ban

Gun store owner says he's ready to fight Illinois gun ban
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The state of Illinois has it’s assault weapon ban now. I’m still a little surprised they didn’t have one earlier, but they do now, and anti-gunners throughout the state are rejoicing. It’s not just the ones in the state, either.

However, a lot of gun stores are sort of left holding the bag. They have inventory they can’t really move. Not legally.

Many are scrambling to sell inventory out of state–and if these guns are so deadly, they can’t be allowed in civilian hands, why is selling them out of state acceptable?

For one, though, he’s ready to dig in and take on the state. That is, while he’s also fighting his local government over a very similar law.

Yeah, really.

A gun shop owner challenging Naperville’s ban on assault rifles vows he will fight a new state law that immediately prohibits the sale of semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines.

Robert Bevis, owner of Law Weapons & Supply, who joined forces with the National Association for Gun Rights in suing the city over its legislation, said they are now preparing a federal lawsuit challenging Illinois’ comprehensive firearms legislation signed this week by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, he said.

They also plan to seek an injunction that would allow the sale of banned weapons and ammunition to continue while the case goes through court, Bevis said.

“We are very confident we’ll get a restraining order,” he said.

Illinois’ new law is “detrimental” to his 1539 N, Aurora Road business because 90% of the firearms he sells fall in the banned category.

Even though Naperville’s sales prohibition hasn’t gone into effect yet, Bevis said he’s seen a 30% drop in sales, a decrease he attributes to customers being scared off by the city’s ordinance.

Now, we know there was a buying frenzy in Illinois in general, it also has a grandfather clause built in, which meant a lot of people bought guns they’d been pondering getting because they knew they could hold onto them.

Of course, that grandfather clause comes with a registration requirement, and I somehow doubt a lot of these folks are going to trip over themselves to tell the state they have AR-15s or similar rifles. After all, that just makes confiscation much easier and I don’t put it past Illinois to try this.

In Naperville, though, it seems things may be a bit different with a local ordinance potentially going into effect.

The truth is, though, that both Illinois and Naperville’s laws are likely to be short-lived.

Following the Bruen decision, it became pretty clear that this Supreme Court wasn’t going to play nicely on Second Amendment cases. They see what has happened to our rights and how lower courts have tripped over themselves to justify gun control despite the Second Amendment.

The courts will either start interpreting the law correctly or we’ll see an assault weapon ban before the justices in the near future. Either way, these laws aren’t likely to remain in effect for very long.

Unfortunately, Bevis is fighting to save his business. He doesn’t have a lot of time to wait for the Supreme Court to put an end to this nonsense because someone else raised a challenge. He’s going to have to do it himself.

I wish him well.