He added, “what the city has crafted ... satisfies the requirements of the Second Amendment.”
He also disputed the argument that Highland Park’s definition of assault weapons is too broad, saying that the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled in favor of that definition in another lawsuit brought against Cook County, though it has not yet ruled on the Second Amendment question.
Highland Park was one of several communities around the state to debate over the summer whether or not to regulate or ban assault weapons when state lawmakers made it legal to carry concealed weapons in public. The state bill included a provision that gave local communities 10 days to come up with an ordinance or forfeit their right to do so.
While approximately 50 of the state’s 1,300 municipalities took up the issue, the rifle association estimated that fewer than 20 — all in the Chicago metropolitan area — enacted regulations or bans.