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The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a state law banning guns within 1,000 feet of public park violates a Second Amendment right to self-defense.

Thursday's decisive 7-0 ruling vacates the 2013 conviction of Julio Chairez for carrying a gun near a park in Aurora, west of Chicago.

The 25-page opinion calls the law "a severe burden on the recognized...right of self-defense," including because it offers no exceptions for law-abiding citizens.

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The Illinois State Rifle Association president expects an appeal of a court ruling that upheld a Chicago suburb's ban on assault weapons. 

A panel of the 7th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago declared Highland Park's assault weapons ban constitutional.

A dissenting opinion says individual citizens, not the government, should decide the most effective means of defense. However, the majority opinion says the gun ban does not violate the Second Amendment because it gives would-be owners other options, including buying a handgun. 

A three-judge panel of the 7th District U.S. Court of Appeals today rejected the Illinois ban on carrying concealed weapons.

Combining appeals from federal district courts in central and southern Illinois, the 2-1 decision declares that the state failed to provide "more than merely a rational basis for believing that its uniquely sweeping ban is justified by an increase in public safety."