Barnett V. Raoul – Hearing On Challenge To Illinois Gun Ban

Barnett v. Raoul is the consolidated case which challenges the Illinois AWB and magazine ban. It is being heard before Judge Stephen McGlynn in US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. A hearing was held today in East St. Louis, Il.

Bishop On Air live tweeted the arguments in the case which is embedded below. He did a great job of capturing the essence of the arguments. I used Thread Reader to pull them all together.

After the oral arguments ended, plaintiffs said they were confident on obtaining a preliminary injunction against the law. From my reading of Judge McGlynn’s questions, I think they very well get their injunction.

You can see more comments from the plaintiffs’ attorneys along with my friend Todd Vandermyde who served as a consultant in the case in the video below.

Chief Judge Says No To Illinois

Chief Judge Nancy Rosenstengel of the Southern District of Illinois just said “no” today to the attempt at judge shopping by the State of Illinois. She transferred both Langley v. Kelly and FFL-IL v. Pritzker to Judge Stephen McGlynn. Judge McGlynn is the judge of record in Harrel v. Raoul.


In addition, the magistrate to whom Barnett v. Raoul had been assigned ordered that case transferred to Judge McGlynn.

I had posted about the attempt by the State of Illinois to game the system earlier today. They had first pulled a state court case to Federal court and then tried to have it be the lead case. Their argument was that it was the first case filed anywhere. However, precedent in the district stated that consolidated cases should be assigned to the judge of the case with the lowest number. Here that would have been the joint SAF, FPC, and ISRA case of Harrel v. Raoul.

I applaud the Chief Judge for abiding by the longstanding precedent in the District for assignments in consolidated cases.