The National Rifle Association is funding and supporting a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of
Mary Shepard is an
"Mary Shepard isn't just a victim of the violent criminal who attacked her," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "She is also a victim of anti-self-defense activists in the
Because Illinois statutes prohibit the right to keep and bear arms and the ability to carry handguns in Illinois, they infringe on the right of the people, including Mrs. Shepard, members of the ISRA and other law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and are thus null and void.
Cox concluded: "In its historic Heller and McDonald decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms. Mary Shepard's story highlights the need for law-abiding citizens to be able to fully exercise their Second Amendment rights. Whether through the legislature or through the courts, we won't rest until that happens."
The NRA has also filed or supported the following cases to preserve Second Amendment freedoms across the
Benson v. City of Chicago, challenging
Jackson v. City of San Francisco, challenging that city's gun storage and ammunition regulations;
Jane Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority, challenging prohibitions on firearms ownership in
Jennings v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, challenging the federal law that prohibits law-abiding adults between the ages of 18-20 from buying handguns from licensed dealers;
NRA v. McCraw, challenging Texas' law that bans issuance of handgun carry permits to 18-20 year old adults; and
Peruta v. City of San Diego, challenging that city's refusal to issue handgun carry permits to law-abiding applicants.