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Debating SCOTUS denying hearing to local ban on assault rifles in Chicago

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An attendee wears a 2nd amendment shirt while inspecting an assault rifle during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Supreme Court has voted to not take up the case involving a ban on assault weapons enacted by a Chicago suburb.

The city of Highland Park banned the sale of or possession of assault rifles like the AR-15 and large capacity magazines.

The justices voted 7-2 to not take up the case. Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia were the dissenters.

The challenge to the ban was brought forth the Illinois State Rifle Association and Dr. Arie Friedman, a Highland Park resident who used to own semi-automatic weapons for self-defense.

The High Court’s action today to not take up the Second Amendment case is in keeping with a recent string of similar decisions.

Guests:

Michael Hammond, legislative counsel at the group, Gun Owners of America based in Virginia

Mike McLively, staff attorney and a Second Amendment expert at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence based in San Francisco

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