When a man burst into a Sharon, Pa., drug store and pointed
a gun at Ron Hietsch's head, the pharmacist's only instinct was to
pull his own .38 and fire. Hietsch dropped the gunman before he was
able to get off a shot and police arrested the wounded man on the
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.