In re: Jordan G. | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

In re: Jordan G.

In 2013, 16-year old Jordan G., while on probation, was charged with 3 counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and 1 count of unlawful possession of a firearm under Illinois law. The unlawful possession count was for being under 18 years of age and knowingly possessing a firearm of a size which may be concealed on the person. Jordan G. sued Illinois and filed to dismiss all counts, contending that such laws violated his Second Amendment rights.

In June 2013, the Circuit Court of Cook County (Juvenile Division) agreed with Jordan G. in part, dismissing some of the counts but upholding the unlawful possession count. Following the State’s appeal, the Brady Center filed an amicus brief in April 2014, assisted by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, in support of the State. Brady’s brief argues that the challenged statutes do not violate the Second Amendment, as juvenile restrictions have long been constitutional and imperative to public safety. Juveniles, law-abiding or otherwise, do not have a fundamental right to carry a concealed weapon in public, and thus reasonable restrictions are permitted under the precedent set by Heller (2008) that: "the Second Amendment right is not unlimited."

On February 20th, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the dismissal of three of the counts, holding that the laws are indeed constitutional.