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On Dec. 7, the United States Supreme Court refused to take an appeal in the case, Friedman and the Illinois Rifle Association v. City of Highland Park, which leaves intact Highland Park’s ordinance that prohibits anyone in Highland Park from possessing certain semi-automatic weapons, including the AR-15 rifle, and large-capacity bullet magazines, and it also leaves intact the Seventh Circuit’s decision which upheld that ordinance. Because the order denying review of the case did not provide any reasons, there is no way to know the rationale for the Supreme Court’s decision. Justices Clarance Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented.

On July 15, 2013, the City of Evanston adopted an ordinance banning semi-automatic weapons in the City.