Great news yesterday as US District Court Judge Stephen McGlynn issued a preliminary injunction blocking the new Illinois Firearms Ban Act. The injunction took effect immediately and lasts until the case is either heard and ruled upon, or FAR more likely until it is stayed. In English: This means stores may resume selling a full line of firearms, including the most popular self-defense guns and the magazines that feed them. Furthermore, you can toss an AR in your trunk and all the standard cap magazines you can carry. This lasts until a stay is issued, blocking the preliminary injunction.
Guns Save Life is one of the named plaintiffs in one of the four consolidated cases in the Southern District federal court where McGlynn sits.
Here’s how we anticipate this playing out.
We expect Kwame Raoul to file an emergency motion to stay the injunction Monday morning with Judge McGlynn. While McGlynn could grant that motion almost immediately, effectively reversing his earlier decision from Friday, we don’t think that will happen.
We anticipate that he will ask our side for a rebuttal to the state’s motion. All told, on an expedited basis, we think this may take the bulk of his coming week. If McGlynn then issues a stay, the sales of guns and magazines must stop immediately. Firearms purchased before a stay is issued can likely be claimed at the end of the 72-hour waiting period as the gun ban law has that provision in it.
So if you want to buy that AR-15 – otherwise known as America’s Favorite Rifle (because there are half again more AR-15s out there than there are Ford F150s on the road – the time is NOW. Like Right Effin’ Now. Oh yes, did I mention there are almost twice as many AR-15s are sold each year than there are subscribers to the NY Times.
Be sure to stock up on magazines as well.
DEALERS: Print out a stack of copies of this preliminary injunction and hand one out with each gun sold when the person comes by to pick it up. And maybe a copy for every standard cap magazine sale. Furthermore, we would STRONGLY recommend dealers urge purchasers of these guns, magazines and parts to donate at least $50 or $100 for the legal fight to make this preliminary injunction permanent with a final order after this case is litigated. Donate to either FFL-IL’s legal fund to pay for our Illinois attorneys or the Second Amendment Law Center to help us pay for Chuck Michel’s law firm backstopping our Illinois attorneys.
Money is the fuel that keeps our legal team running at high tempos – and we’re running at a high tempo right now, let me tell you.
Guns, magazines can be sold effective immediately until and until and unless a stay is issued. And even then, if a sale has been initiated, it can be completed after the 72-hour waiting period even if a stay has been issued. There is a remote risk to doing so, but in our opinion, that risk is minimal.
Got magazines you’ve been holding back? RELEASE THEM IMMEDIATELY. Tell people to come in and get them RFN. Ditto for guns.