"Thank God we have the constitutional right to bear arms.
Let's hope they never take that away from us," said Vietnam veteran
Mike Patton of Midvale, Utah, after he used a .38 to protect his
wife and home from an armed 17-year-old housebreaker. Awakened by
his barking dog, Patton confronted the intruder in his basement and
fired three shots before holding him for police.
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.