* The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office did its best to play down the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a gun control law last week…
Cook County prosecutors will drop weapons charges pending against a small number of licensed firearms owners after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled this week that part of a state gun law is unconstitutional.
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state prosecutors must follow a ruling from a federal appeals court last year that ended Illinois’ status as the last state without a concealed carry law.
The ruling from the state’s highest court affects only a portion of a law prohibiting people from carrying guns outside their homes. Cases of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon brought against people who have valid FOID cards and were carrying firearms will not be pursued, prosecutors and defense attorneys said. […]
“It’s going to be a very, very small percentage of those charged,” said Fabio Valentini, who heads the Cook County state’s attorney’s office’s criminal prosecutions bureau. The office does not plan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a spokeswoman.
* From the Twitters today…
Eighty people is probably a small percentage of those charged with violating the law, but that’s still quite a lot of people.