In recent weeks the Illinois State Rifle Association announced a lawsuit challenging the new Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing Act. The new law, passed last legislative session but signed by incoming Governor J.B. Pritzker through highly dubious parliamentary maneuvering was ripe for a challenge.
ISRA filed the suit as an organizational plaintiff and a number of gun shops joined on as individual plaintiffs.
Now, the Illinois AG Kwame Raoul (pictured above) has moved to dismiss the suit in the preliminary stages. Of course, that motion is unlikely to be granted, but it never hurts to ask. After all, if you don’t ask, the answer is automatically a “no.”
The Center Square has the story:
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said a lawsuit challenging the Illinois Gun Dealer License Certification Act is “not ripe for judicial review” and should be dismissed because state police have yet to fully implement the act and that no part of the law has been used to stop dealers from doing business.
The attorney general responded Monday to a lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court filed by several gun stores across the state and the Illinois State Rifle Association.
The association last month sued the state over the law, which requires federally licensed gun dealers in Illinois to get a state license in addition to a federal license. The association and several gun dealers from across the state said rules had not been approved and they didn’t know how much complying with those regulations would cost.
Later in the story…
Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said last week he looked forward to a hearing Sept. 5.
“All of the people in our lawsuit have never sold a gun to a wrong person, have never done anything wrong and yet they’re being punished by the system,” Pearson said.
We’ll keep you up to date after the September 5 hearing.