CHICAGO - The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) join Highland Park pediatrician Dr. Arie Friedman in a lawsuit against Highland Park, which is one of the Illinois communities that passed an assault weapons ban before a state law allowed people to carry concealed weapons in public.
ISRA is hinting it intends to file other lawsuits. Rick Pearson, the organization's executive director said, "I am not at liberty to talk about (other possible lawsuits), but let's just say we're always working."
In the lawsuit, the rifle association and Dr. Friedman contend that that Highland Park, where Friedman lives, did not have a legal right to ban the weapons he keeps for the lawful purposes of target shooting and self-defense.
Further, the lawsuit suggests that by lumping in the kinds of semi-automatic weapons Friedman owns with fully automatic assault weapons, the ban infringes on the rights of people to possess one of the most commonly owned "sporting rifles" in the United States.
Highland Park, which had the case moved to federal court this week, argues that it is on solid legal ground. Steven Elrod, the community's attorney and a partner with Holland & Knight, the law firm handling the case, said that the U.S. Supreme Court, in striking down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban in 2008 allowed for certain types of weapons to be banned.