Attorney General Fox Stands Up for Second Amendment Rights of Montanans

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced today that Montana joined with 24 other states recently in a brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court which requests a review of the constitutionality of an Illinois municipal ban that limits an individual’s Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The amicus brief, Arie S. Friedman and the Illinois State Rifle Association v. City of Highland Park, Illinois, challenges an ordinance banning certain models of rifles and semiautomatic rifles. The firearms banned by the ordinance are among the most popular firearms for lawful use in the country.

“Most states have acted to preserve the rights of its citizens to keep and bear arms,” said Attorney General Fox. “Montana’s legislature already enacted a law in 1985 that municipalities may not prohibit ownership or possession of firearms. It’s important that we preserve our right to protect ourselves against violence and confrontation in our communities.”

The brief urges the Supreme Court to overturn the decision of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which allowed the ordinance to stand, in order to re-affirm the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, a 2008 decision recognizing that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess and carry weapons.

Read Arie S. Friedman and the Illinois State Rifle Association v. City of Highland Park, Illinois here: https://dojmt.gov/wp-content/uploads/Friedman-v.-Highland-Park-cert.-amicus-brief-15-133-filing-M0103529xCECC6-c1.pdf