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Cook County Misquotes Landmark Court Cases In Defense Of Its Gun Ban

December 21, 2010 by  

Cook County misquotes landmark court cases in defense of its gun banAn Illinois county has stumbled out of the gate in its legal defense of its gun ban, according to the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA).

In a case that challenges the precinct's existing law that criminalizes the possession of many common firearms, the Cook County State Attorney's office recently filed briefs that contained factual errors, including misquotes of past Supreme Court decisions. According to the ISRA, the documents contained errors in the DC v Heller and McDonald v Chicago cases, which upheld the 2nd Amendment.

When the mistakes were brought to light by the plaintiffs, Cook County's legal team filed a motion to withdraw the errors in favor of amended versions. The plaintiffs have moved to strike the amendments on the motion that the changes do not remedy the ramifications of the misquotes in the original briefs.

ISRA spokesman Richard Pearson said that the Cook County Attorney General's office blamed the misquotes on "electronic errors."

"In the county's briefs, the two high court decisions are erroneously quoted as addressing 'common handguns' whereas the decisions, as written, do not contain the phrase 'common handguns,'" said Pearson. "There is a clear difference when one addresses handguns versus 'common' handguns in that the latter would drastically reduce the types of firearms whose ownership is protected under the Second Amendment." 

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