Yesterday, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals conclusively and forcefully held, without need for oral argument, that the National Rifle Association has the right to recover attorneys' fees in its lawsuits against the city of
"This is a Second Amendment victory and a civil rights victory. The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment prevailed against those who sought to deny the right to keep and bear arms in
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right to keep and bear arms for all Americans in the historic McDonald v. Chicago and NRA v. Chicago and Oak Park cases, it remanded them for the purpose of issuing an injunction against Chicago and Oak Park's unconstitutional gun ordinances. Before that injunction was issued, however, the ordinances were repealed. The city and the village then argued that the NRA was not a prevailing party and should not be allowed to recover attorneys' fees. The district court, which originally ruled against the NRA, agreed and denied the fee award.
Today's Seventh Circuit decision overturns that ruling, holding instead that the NRA is indeed a prevailing party and is entitled to receive reimbursement for attorneys' fees. The amount to be recovered will be established by the district court.
"This is a major victory for the NRA. While we are grateful to recover our attorneys' fees, however, we remain steadfast in our belief that