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Supreme Court Declines To Hear Emerson Case

Friday, June 14, 2002

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States declined without comment to hear U.S. v. Emerson. And while the decision is bad news for the defendant, the non-ruling in the Emerson case does mean that the 5th Circuit Court’s finding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right will stand. Furthermore, when the Bush Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted its Emerson briefs, it included statements that our Right to Keep and Bear Arms is clearly an individual right protected by the Constitution, which can also be used in legal arguments against unconstitutional gun control laws. As NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox explained to The New York Times, NRA was not concerned with the Supreme Court’s lack of decisive action, as "our client is the Second Amendment." Cox went on to say, "The Second Amendment won" when the Bush Administration made clear it supports the correct view that the right to arms is an individual, protected right.

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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.