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NRA Files Suit Against Winnetka, IL

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Village Council Backed Away from Repealing Ban

Fairfax, VA—After months of waiting in good faith for the repeal of a gun ban that never happened, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed a lawsuit against Winnetka, IL in U.S. District Court.

“The Supreme Court ruled in Heller that the Second Amendment right is exercised individually and belongs to all Americans. NRA is tired of waiting for Winnetka Village to do the right thing. We’ve been told for months that the Village Council would study the issue and vote on a repeal of their gun ban, but no such action has taken place,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist. “Winnetka has refused to act, so it’s time for NRA to act instead.”

NRA did not file suit against Winnetka at the same time as their lawsuits against Chicago, Oak Park, Evanston and Morton Grove, because they indicated their openness to studying and repealing the ban. The Village Attorney has confirmed the Village Council has planned no action on the ban in the near future. The four plaintiffs in the suit are NRA and three members.

“American citizens living in Washington, D.C., Illinois or any other state, have the right to defend themselves and their family at home, regardless of whether their home is in the housing projects or a high end suburb,” Cox concluded. “The Winnetka Village ban flat-out denies that right, and NRA will not rest until the Second Amendment is recognized and protected in Winnetka just as the Supreme Court ruled it shall be in Washington, D.C.”



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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.