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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.

Commissioner 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 (2008).


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 Ordinance.


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.

 
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