Federal court upholds Cook County ‘assault weapon’ ban
By Chris Eger
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said on Tuesday that the recently upheld local ban is “the kind of common sense gun legislation we need.” (Photo: Cook County)
A legal challenge to gun restrictions in the second-most populous county in the nation was beaten back in a federal court last week.
Two area gun owners, Troy Edhlund and Matthew Wilson, filed suit against Cook County, Illinois officials over the vagueness and constitutionality of the county’s local ban on some semi-auto firearms and magazines.
In a short seven-page memo handed down last Friday, the court sided with Cook County, saying the local government’s 2005 ordinance on assault weapons falls “outside the scope” of the Second Amendment protections on an individual right to keep and bear arms.
Judge Manish S. Shah, a 2014 appointment to the federal bench by President Obama, held there was fundamentally no difference between the contested Cook County regulations and one adopted in 2013 by the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, the latter of which was upheld by the U.S. 7th Circuit with further challenge subsequently turned away by the Supreme Court.
Edhlund and Wilson argued through their attorneys that the Cook County ban used fuzzy, ambiguous definitions that could be broadly applied