Illinois courts have upheld their "own" right to self rule with the ammo tax on centerfire ammo. Who didn't know this would happen? Cook County Circuit Court Judge David B. Atkins upheld Cook County’s gun and ammo tax in a ruling dated Aug. 17. Atkins agreed with county officials the tax didn’t violate either the Second or Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, and didn’t violate the uniformity clause of the Illinois Constitution. Moreover, Atkins found nothing in the ordinance that restricts gun ownership. ----- “Plaintiffs provide no evidence that the Tax will have the effect of preventing their ownership or possession of firearms or that it affects the ability of law-abiding citizens to retain sufficient means of self-defense,” Atkins wrote. “Unlike those cases involving a weapons ban, the tax in this case neither takes away firearms nor restricts their ownership possession and does not burden the right.” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle applauded the ruling, saying Atkins’ opinion “upholds our position that the taxes are proper exercise of the County’s Home Rule powers and do not in any meaningful way impede an individual’s ability to exercise their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.” The case is Guns Save Life, Inc. v. Ali, Ill. Cir. Ct., No. 2015-CH-18217, 8/17/18.