Should private citizens own military-style weapons?
Should private citizens own military-style weapons?

    The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to hear a challenge to an Illinois city’s ban on assault weapons.

     In Highland Park, Illinois, it is illegal to possess, sell or manufacture military-style weapons and large-capacity magazines. The city’s website characterized the decision as “a resounding victory for the City of Highland Park and the safety of its residents.”
     The case stemmed from a complaint filed by a resident, backed by the Illinois State Rifle Association, challenging the law, saying it violated Second Amendment rights. Courts that took up the case upheld the city’s right to ban the weapons.   
     The case is getting attention in the wake of yet another mass shooting involving assailants armed with assault-type weapons, this time in San Bernardino, California. But for years, gun control advocates and pro-gun lobbyists have argued about whether there should be limits on weapon ownership. Here is the context:



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