Asleep in the apartment above his Brooklyn, N.Y., auto shop,
Ezekial Witherspoon grabbed his licensed 9 mm pistol when he awoke
to the sounds of forced entry. In the ensuing confrontation,
Witherspoon shot and mortally wounded an intruder who had gained
entry to the shop by smashing a window. Police did not charge
Witherspoon, stating that the shooting appeared to be justified.
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.