From The Truth About Guns:
In a 2-1 split ruling today, the Federal appeals court for Illinois ruled that the “Assault Weapons Ban” in Highland Park — enacted days before new legislation went into effect banning exactly that kind of law — was constitutional. The majority opinion written by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Frank Easterbrook relies heavily on the idea of “home rule” for the majority of its rationale, but buried in the text is the true reason why this court believes that infringing on the right to keep and bear commonly used firearms is legal: it makes people feel safe.
From the opinion:
If a ban on semiautomatic guns and large‐capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting, and makes the public feel safer as a result, that’s a substantial benefit. Cf. Frank v. Walker, 768 F.3d 744, 751 (7th Cir. 2014).
Was Judge Easterbrook’s clerk drunk when he wrote this? Was he drunk when he submitted this?
It won’t surprise you that this one will likely be sent up to the U.S. Supreme Court for dissection.