The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether or not it will hear a challenge to a Chicago law banning assault weapons. It could announce its decision as early as Oct. 13.
Gun rights advocates brought the challenge forward following a 2013 law passed in Highland Park, Illinois, that banned the sale, purchase or possession of semi-automatic, high-capacity weapons, NBC News reports. The 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, as well as the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, were cited in the law’s passing.
The ban listed specific rifles, including ones that resemble the AR-15 and AK-47 assault-style guns.
There are currently assault weapons bans in seven states, and those bans could come into question if the Supreme Court agrees to hear the challenge.
If the court declines to take on the case, efforts to impose similar bans in other states could be boosted.
Currently, Connecticut, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C. all ban assault weapons.