Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker defends state’s new sweeping gun ban

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker defends state's new sweeping gun ban

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker believes a sweeping ban on certain high-powered firearms and high-capacity ammunition magazines he recently signed into law will withstand legal challenges and “venue shopping” by gun rights advocates trying to roll back some of the most aggressive firearm laws in the country. The law curbs the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines, bans so-called “switches” that allow semi-automatic firearms to fire rounds automatically and expands “red flag” laws allowing judges to keep people who are deemed dangerous away from firearms. Pritzker signed the legislation earlier this month as he began his second term. Democrats introduced the changes partly in response to a deadly shooting last year where a gunman used a high-powered rifle to kill seven and wound dozens more at a July Fourth parade in a Chicago suburb. But new sweeping gun control legislation has been knocked down by the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years, most notably in New York . And on Friday, a judge in Effingham County , a conservative part of Illinois, temporarily blocked the law amid claims the new law violates the state constitution. There are at least two other legal challenges to the law, another at the state level and another in federal court. In an interview with CBS News Monday, Pritzker called the Effingham County case an example of gun rights advocates “venue shopping” for a favorable ruling. “There’s always some place to go among 102 counties in Illinois to — to bring a case with a judge […]

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