The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled Cook County’s taxes on guns and ammunition violate the state constitution. (Source: Pexels/stock image) CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled Cook County’s taxes on guns and ammunition violate the state constitution. In a decision Thursday, the court says the taxes “directly burden a law-abiding citizen’s” second amendment right to buy the items for self-defense. Illinois’ largest county approved the $25 tax on the retail purchase of a firearm within the county in 2012. In 2015, Cook County approved a tax ranging from 1 cent to 5 cents per cartridge of ammunition. 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. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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