Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sameer Vohra during an interview on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 16, 2022. (WTTW News)

The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health expressed support for the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state’s assault weapons ban.

A gun store display is pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)

In a 4-3 decision issued Friday morning, the high court overturned a lower court’s ruling, stating the ban is constitutional and does not “deny equal protection nor constitute special legislation.”

Semi-automatic guns are displayed for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply, Jan. 16, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo / Seth Perlman, File)

The prime exhibit in Democratic Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s effort is the JR-15, a smaller, lighter version of the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle advertised with the tag line, “Get ‘em One Like Yours.” 

A study examining 865 mass shootings between 2015 and 2019 and whether mass shootings are a consequence of structural racism found Chicago, shown in the photo, had the greatest number of incidents during that period with 141, which led to 97 deaths and 583 injuries. (Joshua Lott / Getty Images)

Chicago had the greatest number of mass shootings in the study.

Chicago had the greatest number of mass shootings during that period with 141, which led to 97 deaths and 583 injuries. According to the study, Milwaukee had the highest segregation index.

San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators work the scene where three people were found dead in unincorporated San Bernardino County near Montclair, California, on Jan. 31, 2023. (Watchara Phomicinda / MediaNews Group / The Press-Enterprise / Getty Images)

In the 30 cities examined, homicides declined 9.4% in the first half of this year compared to the first half of last year, with about 200 fewer homicides in that period.

FBI officials walk towards the crime scene at Mountain Mushroom Farm, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. A 66-year-old man was charged with killing seven people in back-to-back shootings at two mushroom farms. (AP Photo / Aaron Kehoe, File, File)

From Jan. 1 to June 30, the nation endured 28 mass killings, all but one of which involved guns. The death toll rose just about every week, a constant cycle of violence and grief. Six months. 181 days. 28 mass killings. 140 victims.

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The program pushes $250 million in funds to the state’s hardest hit communities. Designed to interrupt and prevent gun violence, it’s a three-year investment that started at the end of 2021.

Signs and flowers are pictured at a makeshift memorial for victims of the July 4 mass shooting in downtown Highland Park, Illinois on July 6, 2022. (Max Herman  /AFP / Getty Images via CNN)

The Fourth of July holiday has accounted for the most mass shootings of any other days of the year in nearly a decade, according to a CNN analysis of the Gun Violence Archive’s mass shooting data since 2014.

A crowd retraces the Highland Park Fourth of July parade route on July 4, 2023, one year after a mass shooting in the suburb left seven dead. (Eunice Alpasan / WTTW News)

This July 4 in Highland Park, one year after seven people were killed and dozens more wounded in a mass shooting, the sounds of marching bands and cheers were replaced by a much more solemn gathering.

A gun store display is pictured in a file photo. (WTTW News)

Since the mass shooting at last year’s Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois has moved swiftly on gun control measures. The most controversial has been the ban on so-called assault weapons.

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It seemingly took a hometown tragedy to make it happen, but in January the statewide assault weapons ban Illinois legislators who represent Highland Park spent almost a decade fighting for became law – one of several measures Illinois legislators took in direct connection to the shooting.

Mayah Zamora, second from left, a survivor of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, poses for a photo with her mom Christina, left, dad Ruben, and brother Zach, right, at their home in San Antonio, Tuesday, June 27, 2023. (AP Photo / Eric Gay)

Since 2016, thousands of Americans have been wounded in mass shootings, and tens of thousands by gun violence. Beyond the colossal medical bills and the weight of trauma and grief, mass shooting survivors and family members contend with scores of other changes that upend their lives.

A memorial to the victims of the Highland Park shooting is pictured in July 2022. (WTTW News)

On Monday, WTTW News launches a new initiative, “A Safer City.” In an effort to help facilitate the complicated but necessary conversation around violence, we aim to explore violence in all its forms with depth and nuance.

The Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago. (Hannah Meisel / Capitol News Illinois)

The judges on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals are being asked to decide whether Illinois’ recently enacted assault weapons ban violates the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. 

The setting sun illuminates the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 10, 2023. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

The court denied an emergency request from groups challenging the law, which bans so-called assault weapons. The law’s opponents had asked the high court to put the law on hold while a court challenge continues. 

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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Friday said millions more dollars must be dedicated to helping police departments recover weapons from those who’ve had their FOID cards revoked.