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Wilmette Latest Illinois City To Scrap Gun Ban In Wake Of Heller Decision

Friday, July 25, 2008

The town of Wilmette, Illinois had a handgun ban on their books for almost 20 years.  You may remember the town for its outrageous prosecution of Hale DeMar--the man in Wilmette who was forced to use a handgun to defend himself and his family against a convicted criminal who had broken into his home for the second time in as many nights. 

Well, in the wake of last month's historic Supreme Court decision protecting an individual right to possess firearms, village trustees in the northern Chicago suburb recently voted unanimously to repeal the egregious ban and strike it from the books. 

NRA filed lawsuits challenging local gun bans in Chicago and three of its suburbs the day after the Supreme Court decision.  And the suits are already having an effect. Two of those three suburbs have already repealed their bans. 

Wilmette officials have reportedly said the ban would probably not withstand legal challenges.  A story on today's Chicagotribune.com noted that, unlike the other suburbs, Wilmette officials say they believe NRA didn't file suit against them because the village stopped enforcing the ban right after the Supreme Court ruling. The article also reported that Wilmette trustee Lali Watt says she doesn't believe her town has the necessary resources to fight NRA and keep the ban.
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