State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban as judge found fault with legislative shortcuts

By Peter Hancock

Capitol News Illinois

Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Monday, Jan. 23 filed a petition asking an appellate court to vacate a temporary restraining order that was issued late Friday afternoon, Jan. 20 blocking enforcement of the state’s recently-passed assault weapons ban.

Raoul’s office filed the petition in the 5th District Appellate Court in southern Illinois, arguing that Effingham County Judge Josh Morrison had abused his discretion and the plaintiffs are unlikely to succeed in their lawsuit, thus the restraining order was granted incorrectly.

Morrison’s late Friday order applies to only the 800 plus plaintiffs in the case filed by Tom DeVore.

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