Tri States Public Radio Staff
Gun Owners Say They Abide by the Law
Thu January 19, 2012
Gun Ban Case Heard by Illinois Supreme Court
The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case challenging Cook County's ban on assault weapons.
Three gun owners say they're law-abiding citizens and only use their firearms for recreation and self-defense.
Edward Ronkowski represents the men. He told the justices the law was too broad, and gave an example of someone buying a rifle. The owner could make sure he was in compliance with the ordinance by verifying the gun would accept only a four-round clip.
"The very next day, if somebody in China makes a large-capacity magazine that fits it, you're now a criminal. You're being criminalized for conduct that occurred halfway around the world that you had no responsibility for, and didn't know anything about," Ronkowski said.
Cook County contended the court is not a proper forum to voice opposing views on a policy argument.
An assistant state's attorney instead suggested gun owners should try to influence county commissioners through the political process.
Thanks to Illinois Public Radio