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Commissioner Suffredinís statement on the Illinois Appellate Courtís upholding the dismissal of the lawsuit challenging the Cook County Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban.
Suffredinís statement on the Illinois Appellate Courtís upholding the dismissal
of the lawsuit challenging the Cook County Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban.
Today, the Illinois
Appellate Court, First District, issued a unanimous opinion upholding the
dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Blair Holt
Assault Weapons Ban (Cook Countyís Ordinance to Ban Assault Weapons), first
passed by Cook County in 1994 and amended in 2006. The plaintiffs in the case,
Wilson v. Cook County, sought to declare the ordinance unconstitutional in
light of the U.S. Supreme Courtís holding in District of Columbia v. Heller
In upholding the
dismissal of the suit, the Illinois Appellate Court agreed with the trial
courtís findings that (1) the Ordinance is not unconstitutionally vague or
overbroad; (2) plaintiffs did not state a cause of action for violation of due
process and equal protection clauses; (3) the Ordinance did not violate the
Illinois Constitution or the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution;
and (4) the County properly exercised its police powers in enacting the
I am grateful that
the Illinois Appellate Court unanimously upheld Cook Countyís Assault Weapons
Ban. I am hopeful that this ordinance will save lives in Cook County. A copy of
the courtís opinion can be found here.