It was a big day today for the good guys. Well, today and yesterday.
We’ll start with the federal cases since that’s where GSL is at.
By the way, a welcome to the DeWitt County Sportsman’s Club for climbing onboard the Illinois Gun Rights Alliance pirate ship. The DCSC, under the leadership of Ted Riva, has jumped with both feet into this fight and we welcome their activism beyond their range.
We had a status hearing today for the four federal cases in the Southern District before Judge McGlynn. It was a lot of organizational issues for the case. Here are the key take-aways:
The cases will be consolidated under Barnett v. Raoul (which is the NSSF/NRA suit). Why is this significant? Their lead attorney is Paul Clement, the same fellow who successfully argued the Bruen case last year. Pity poor Kwame Raoul. He’s in the deep end of the pool and he doesn’t even know it.
The State of Illinois’ response to the Motion for Preliminary Injunction is due March 2nd. That’s next week.
We negotiated, and the judge agreed that each of the plaintiffs will get a response for the State’s response to the preliminary injunction of up to 15 pages each. These are due March 23rd. We requested this to respond to what the state alleges are historical analogs and the comprehensive (or not) nature of their illustrative examples. Ordinarily reply briefs like this are not usually allowed in this federal district court so this is a plus for us.
Oral arguments are set for April 12th, limited to one hour each for our side (15 minutes each) and the State.
It’s worth noting that Judge McGlynn is building a comprehensive record in this case as it will almost assuredly go up on appeal. The mistakes in the other cases floating around out there, or how they are being argued is done right here. So these are the cases to watch.
Obviously we’re keep to learn more about Judge McGlynn and his attitudes. He’s a Trump appointee, and here’s a video of an interview with him before his nomination to the federal court.
This Judge seems quite sharp. He’s definitely not like the judge in the Naperville case.
Yesterday, word came down from the Illinois Supreme court.
The IL Supremes consolidated Tom DeVore’s three cases in Effingham County.
The IL Supremes left Dan Caulkins’ case by itself including his motion for a summary judgement which fast-tracks the case to the Illinois Supreme Court for a quick decision. According to DeVore, this decision on consolidation was at the behest of the governor, the attorney general and Dan Caulkins.
Part of this includes DeVore allowing him to add more individual plaintiffs to the case. For those who are interested, you can probably find details at Mr. DeVore’s website.
Honestly, I’d recommend saving your $200… but if joining DeVore’s
Tom DeVore has a video with some details of the order.