The Supreme Court Monday turned away a challenge by gun advocates to a law banning semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in a Chicago suburb.
Five days after the San Bernardino mass shooting, the justices left in place a lower court ruling that found local governments have latitude in deciding how to regulate firearms. The federal appeals court in Chicago upheld the city of Highland Park’s 2013 gun law that bans semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines.
The Supreme Court decision was on par with several prior decisions.
The nation’s highest court has repeatedly turned away challenges to gun restrictions since two landmark rulings that spelled out the right to a handgun to defend one’s own home.
But two conservative justices said they wanted to hear the case — and would have struck down the ban.
Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia said the Chicago appeals court ruling “flouts two of our Second Amendment precedents.”
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