The Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals has overturned an injunction on Illinois “assault weapons” ban, making a ruling that states AR-15s are not protected by the Second Amendment.

Panel Of Three-Judges

A three-judge panel were responsible for this decision, two of three found that there are similarities between AR-15s and M16s, 

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With one judge in disagreement, stating that the ban lacks historical precedent.

Discussions And Controversy

It is no secret that the AR-15, which is a versatile and well known semi-automatic rifle, is the source of many debates and controversy in the United States.

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Given its historical background being the typical weapon of choice for many mass shootings, most of us can understand why it garners so much attention.

Guns And Ammunition

In the case Bevis v. City of Naperville, Judge Michael P. Brennan said,

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“Because the banned firearms and magazines warrant constitutional protection, and the government parties have failed to meet their burden to show that their bans are part of the history and tradition of firearms regulation, preliminary injunctions are justified against enforcement of the challenged laws.”

Highly Regarded By Some

Many gun enthusiasts love this firearm for its customizable features and others revere it as a symbol of American freedom.

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Advocates for stricter gun control express concerns for the AR-15, citing its ability to cause serious harm, its involvement in mass shootings and high profile tragedies.

Version For Civilians

Over the years civilian versions of the AR-15 have gained popularity among gun owners in the United States.

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Loved for their adaptability and modularity for various types of shooting activities, including target shooting, home protection, and hunting.

Used By The Military

Designed by Eugene Stoner in the late 1950s, originally the AR-15 was made as a lightweight and air-cooled rifle that was meant for military use.

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The AR-15’s adoption by the United States military prompted the development of the M16 rifle, which ended up being the standard issue firearm for the American soldiers of the Vietnam War.

Semi-Automatic Firing Mechanism

The AR-15 which is often recognized for its military-style appearance, features a removable magazine, pistol grip and collapsible stock.

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These features, combined with its semi-automatic firing mechanism, have raised concerns within the gun control advocates community, who make the argument that the AR-15’s capabilities make it particularly lethal in the hands of civilians.

The Dispute

Regardless of the controversy that surrounds the AR-15, it still remains a legal firearm to purchase and own in most of the United States.

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Federal legislation imposes significant limitations on the sale and ownership of a fully automatic weapon. Still semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 are readily available for civilian purchase, although background checks and other regulations are a requirement for purchase.

Multiple Mass Shootings

Critics also highlight its involvement in multiple mass shootings, including that tragic event that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School,

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Pulse nightclub, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where AR-15-style rifles were the weapons of choice by the perpetrators.

Additional Limitations

However, individual states may impose additional restrictions on AR-15s and other firearms,

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This includes magazine limitations, waiting periods for approval, and bans against assault weapons.

Regulations Are A Necessity

Conversely, opponents argue that stricter regulations are necessary for ensuring public safety and preventing more gun violence.

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Citing that the AR-15’s role in multiple mass shooting tragedies and its potential for causing serious harm when in the wrong hands.

A Functional And Versatile Firearm

The discourse surrounding the AR-15 is extremely polarized, with advocates on both ends fiercely defending their stance.

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Proponents of the AR-15 make the argument that ownership of the firearm should not be restricted based on the actions of a few people. Stating that it is a versatile and practical firearm that can be used for self-defense, sporting purposes, and recreational shooting.

Broader Discussions

The AR-15 controversy mirrors a broader debate surrounding gun rights and the need for gun control in the United States.

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Underscoring deep-seated divides and different perspectives on how to address gun violence and public safety matters.

Community Involvement

As policymakers, activists, and citizens navigate these intricate issues, finding a commonplace and purposeful solution remains a daunting task.

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Whether achieved through legislative action, public awareness campaigns, or community engagement efforts, the pursuit to find a balanced and effective approach to gun policies in the United States continues on, with the AR-15 taking center stage in the conversations.