Congratulations to Dan Caulkins for getting his challenge of the PICA gun & magazine ban docketed by the US Supreme Court.  Docketing is the first step to seeking certiori for SCOTUS to hear a case.  Roughly 98% of the docketed cases are not accepted, but it’s the first step in that path.  JB Pritzker has until December 14th to respond.

Here is the petition.

From TCS:

(The Center Square) – Challenges against Illinois’ gun ban continue in courts up and down the federal judiciary.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted the ban on more than 170 semi-automatic firearms and magazines over certain capacities on Jan. 10. Part of the law requires grandfathered firearms to be registered with Illinois State Police by Jan. 1, 2024. Criminal penalties could apply for those found out of compliance.

Lawsuits were filed in state and federal courts shortly after the measure was enacted. Outcomes since then range from a preliminary injunction against the law being issued in federal court being stayed, thousands of temporary restraining orders being issued in state courts being vacated, and continued filings challenging the law on Second and 14th amendment grounds among other issues.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court docketed a case brought by Illinois state Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, challenging the state’s gun and magazine ban. Separately in the Southern District of Illinois federal court Tuesday, a judge denied the state’s motion to delay responding to plaintiffs seeking an injunction against the Jan. 1 registry deadline. Also this week, a second separate motion was filed by plaintiffs out of Naperville to have the entire Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals review the case.

In the case Caulkins brought to state court earlier this year, plaintiffs received a favorable ruling against the law in Macon County. The Pritzker administration brought an appeal directly to the Illinois Supreme Court. Caulkins’ attorneys then motioned for two of the Illinois Supreme Court justices who each received $1 million in campaign contributions from Pritzker to recuse themselves in hearing the case. That was denied and in August the Illinois Supreme Court sided with the state.

In March, Pritzker said concerns of conflict of interest because of his donations to the then-candidates for the Illinois Supreme Court were “ridiculous.”

On Wednesday, Caulkins was hopeful the U.S. Supreme Court will look at the perceived conflicts and disqualify the two Illinois Supreme Court justices, which could lead to the state’s gun ban being overturned.

“This is an affront on our republican form of government, separation of powers,” Caulkins told The Center Square of the perception of a conflict of interest. “Really, that is why we took this case to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Separately, despite two of three judges from the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling the state had a likelihood of succeeding on the merits in the case, Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois and other plaintiffs motioned this week for a preliminary injunction against the Jan. 1 deadline to register banned items. On Tuesday, Southern District of Illinois Judge Stephen McGlynn denied the state’s motion to delay responding, giving a Dec. 21 date for a status hearing.

8 thoughts on “CONGRATS DAN CAULKINS: US Supreme Court dockets appeal brought by Dan Caulkins challenging PICA gun & magazine ban”
  1. Congrats indeed. SCOTUS is probably more likely to accept the case on the tainted justices than the 2A. And that is, as you write, a very longshot.

  2. Sorry, but can’t & won’t trust Caulkins after he seemingly “Tanked” the Illinois case by rushing to Ill SC without evidence/discovery supporting his case. You really have to ask yourself why. He could have very well teamed up with DeVore to have the best chance of winning. What was the reason? Did he want to be the sole hero? Or, was he trying to avoid DeVore completing his discovery which may have incriminated some of Dan’s friends in Springfield? (Including Dan). I’m not buying into the whole SCOTUS docket thing. A lot of cases reach that docket, a lot of crappy ones. Look up Brunson vs Adams in it’s recent glory. Who were all the chumps who fell for that just because it got on the docket?

  3. Sorry I don’t know how to bring the link over here but William Kirk of Washington Gun Law ( youtube channel ) gives his opinion on this latest development. It’s worth the 8 minutes to watch it.

  4. This is from Washington Gun Law Youtube Channel. Lets HOPE this case is strong enough to stop the PICA. But Caulkins case does not challenge the Law on 2A grounds.
    P>S> If Caulkins stops the law in its tracks; I will vote for him for governor !
    Is the Supreme Court Going to Stop Illinois’ Gun Confiscation?

  5. Did he learn anything from the IL Supreme Court fuck up? He voted FOR HB2722 to give the ISP more of our money to do what he claims he’s against – this gun ban. So which is it? Does Danny boy want to advance the ISP or stop them? So far, he’s got a 100% track record of supporting their efforts which includes tracking ammo outside of their authority with an ATF-style attitude, witch hunts, not to mention they sit on the interstates harassing drivers and ticket people on their phones when they do it themselves. Rules for thee not for me. I give ZERO shits they are exempt. Watch any cop. They abuse the hell out of this, drive through schools zones with their face in their phones. I thought that was so dangerous? How can one blame Pritzker when the state storm troopers behave the same way? Oh yeah, the “back the blue” cult mentality clouds judgement. Republicans at their best. EVERYONE SEES IT

  6. Johnboch, Will you do us favor? When you refer someone to the pleadings, it would be very easy for you to post a link to any pleadings you have residing on your own servers. I’m finding it hard to get and digest all the pleadings in all of the second amendment cases that are out now, But I would like to. I’m sure others here would as well, and you could provide that as a service to us

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