Feigenholtz releases statement on Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to uphold assault weapons ban

CHICAGO – In response to the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling on the Protect Illinois Communities Act, State Senator Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) released the following statement:

“For decades, the gun lobby has cloaked themselves in the Second Amendment and has purported that America has to live with mass shootings caused by military-style weapons in order to protect their rights. Today in Illinois that ends. The gun lobby has lost and the safety of our communities has won.

“I want survivors of gun violence and loved ones of people killed by guns to know they are not alone in their pain. We are lucky to have so many dedicated advocates and survivors in our state who stepped up and won this fight by talking to their neighbors, sharing their stories, making their voices heard and standing up to those who seek to encourage the use of these weapons in our communities.

“Simply put, this measure will save countless lives. Though no one should have to carry the pain of losing a loved one to senseless violence, I thank the many survivors and family members who so bravely shared their stories to get this measure codified into law.”

To read the Illinois Supreme Court’s full opinion, click here.