Oral arguments at the IL Supreme Court level were completed on 1/18/12. The video is here:http://184.108.40.206/court/SupremeCourt/Video/2012/011812_112026.wmv
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One of those cases, Matthew D. Wilson et al., v. Cook County, etc., et al., No. 112026, asks the high court to weigh in on whether Cook County's ban on assault weapons violates state and federal constitutions.
Matthew D. Wilson and two other individuals sued the county in 2007, arguing that the county's Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban, enacted in 1993 and expanded in 2006, violates the Second Amendment. The circuit court threw out the suit, a decision affirmed by the 1st District Appellate Court.
After the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago invalidated Chicago's handgun ban, the Illinois Supreme Court remanded Wilson to the appellate court for further consideration.
Again, the appellate court affirmed the decision. In his petition for leave to appeal, Wilson argued that the court erred by using its same reasoning, despite the new decision of the nation's highest court.
"The court of appeals did not apply strict scrutiny because it found no fundamental right was involved," the appeal says, "and now holds the same even though McDonald established that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental."
Victor D. Quilici, a sole practitioner in River Grove and lead counsel on the plaintiffs' appeal, declined to comment on the arguments of the case, but said his clients are "just three ordinary guys" who acquired their guns legally and use them for recreation and home protection.
Stephen P. Halbrook, a Fairfax, Va., attorney who has argued Second Amendment cases before various state supreme courts, and co-counsel Edward E. Ronkowski of Mokena will handle oral arguments on Jan. 18, Quilici said.