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Chicago Suburb Drops Ban On Private Possession Of Handguns

Friday, August 29, 2008

This week, the Village of Morton Grove, Illinois agreed to a stipulated dismissal of a NRA lawsuit challenging the village's gun ban.  A new town ordinance recognizes the right to private handgun ownership, bringing an end to NRA's lawsuit against the village.  Morton Grove completely dismissed its ordinance banning handguns and agreed not to replace it with any direct regulation other than to adopt existing state laws. 

"Today's move is further vindication of the U.S. Supreme Court's Heller ruling upholding the Second Amendment as protecting an inherent, individual civil right for all law-abiding Americans," declared NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox.  "Morton Grove's decision upholds state law and does not involve any registration or regulation beyond that law." 

The repeal of Morton Grove's handgun ban passed on July 15, by a 5-1 vote.  NRA-ILA will continue to monitor the Village of Morton Grove regarding its ban on gun stores, as the gun store provision was not a provision in the current lawsuit. 

NRA may pursue civil rights actions against other municipalities who have not been cooperative to date. 

"Today is an important victory and a step in the right direction for the residents of Morton Grove and for the citizens of Illinois," concluded Cox. "NRA will keep up the fight to make sure the Second Amendment is recognized and honored across the United States of America."

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