Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx Applauds Supreme Court Public Safety Win

June 15, 2020

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear the Illinois State Rifle Association’s (ISRA) appeal to Wilson v. Cook County, et al. handing the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) a big win in their ongoing fight to protect residents from gun violence. The ISRA backed a challenge to a long-standing Cook County ordinance banning the possession, use, or sale of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, claiming the regulation violated the Second Amendment. The CCSAO’s Civil Actions Bureau beat back the challenge in the Seventh Circuit, arguing that the ordinance furthered a substantial government interest in protecting Cook County residents from the threat of mass casualty posed by semi-automatic assault weapons and related accessories. 

After learning of the court’s decision, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx reaffirmed her commitment to public safety in Cook County. 

“Today’s Supreme Court decision was a huge victory in the battle to keep our communities safe and dangerous weapons off the streets.

Public safety is the top priority of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. I am extremely proud of the dedicated work of the prosecutors in our Civil Division, whose unwavering efforts led the way in this important fight.

We will continue to use the power of this office as we work for justice and fairness for everyone in communities across Cook County.”