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Gun Advocates Rejected by Supreme Court on Assault Weapons

  • Justices won't question Chicago suburb's ban on some guns
  • Top court avoids the intensifying debate over gun control
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A divided U.S. Supreme Court steered clear of the politically charged fight over gun rights, turning away a challenge to a law banning semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in a Chicago suburb.

The justices left intact a federal appeals court decision that said the Highland Park, Illinois, restrictions don’t infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms. The appeals court said residents have plenty of legal self-defense options, including handguns and other types of long guns.