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Statement from Chris W. Cox Regarding Chicago Lawsuit

Friday, December 19, 2008

Today U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Illinois, Milton Shadur declined to decide whether the individual right to keep and bear arms recognized by the Supreme Court in D.C. v. Heller applies to states and localities. He defaulted the decision to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled adversely in 1982. The National Rifle Association has filed an appeal with the 7th Circuit, and we are optimistic that Second Amendment freedoms for law-abiding residents of Chicago and surrounding areas will be restored. NRA is committed to seeing this case to the United States Supreme Court if that is what it takes to uphold the Second Amendment in Illinois.

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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.