The president of the Illinois State Rifle Association said Monday he expects an appeal of a court ruling that upholds a Chicago suburb's ban on assault weapons.
In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the 7th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Monday declared Highland Park's assault weapons ban constitutional.
The majority opinion said the ban doesn't violate the Second Amendment because it gives would-be gun owners other options. That includes buying a handgun.
In a dissenting opinion, Judge Daniel A. Manion said individual citizens, not the government, should decide the most effective means of defense.
Richard Pearson, the president of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said the ruling was expected.
"I'm sure there will be an appeal," he said.