CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Cook County taxes on guns and ammunition violate the state constitution.
In a decision Thursday, the high court ruled the taxes “directly burden a law-abiding citizen’s” Second Amendment right to buy the items for self-defense.READ MORE: COVID Test Confusion After Suburban Family Believes They Got False Result from University Of Illinois SHIELD Program
Cook County approved the $25 tax on the retail purchase of a firearm within the county in 2012. In 2015, the county approved a tax ranging from 1 cent to 5 cents per cartridge of ammunition.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
A gun rights organization, Guns Save Life, sued the county, saying the tax violated the second amendment.
A Cook County spokesman says they are disappointed in the ruling and will work to determine next steps.MORE NEWS: CTA Red, Orange, Green Line Trains Left Standing At Roosevelt During Afternoon Rush Due To Police Activity
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