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In Case You Missed It: Introducing The NRA-ILA Legal Update!

Friday, August 12, 2011

To give NRA members and gun owners the latest information on Second Amendment cases filed or supported by NRA-ILA, we are pleased to announce a new online newsletter, the NRA-ILA Legal Update.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, holding that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms, hundreds of Second Amendment cases have been litigated in federal and state courts.  The pace of litigation has only increased since the court's 2010 decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago, holding that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental and protects all Americans.

Not all of those cases are ours, of course.  Many have been brought by other organizations or individuals, or raised by defendants in criminal cases.  As with any legal issue that comes up in a large and diverse variety of situations, the arguments put forward range from convincing to frivolous.  NRA-ILA's goal in every case we consider is to strategically advance the rights of gun owners, while not creating bad precedent.  To that end, we routinely consider requests from attorneys in the field, and also seek opportunities to advance key issues with the assistance of some of America's top appellate lawyers. 

Depending on the situation, our involvement can range from being a named plaintiff in a suit, to funding and supporting a suit, to intervening and becoming a party, to participating as an amicus, or in some instances to being designated by one of the parties in a suit to lead the oral argument.

In addition to news and updates on our current cases, future issues of the NRA-ILA Legal Update will include short, plain-English articles explaining some of the key legal concepts that affect legislation and litigation on gun issues.  Unfortunately, we cannot list each case in which we are involved at the moment, nor can we list each case we're considering.  At any given time, NRA-ILA is involved in dozens of cases, amounting to millions of dollars in legal bills every year.  The generosity and commitment of Second Amendment supporters make our efforts possible.  For that, all of us at NRA-ILA are deeply grateful.

To view the current issue of the NRA-ILA Legal Update, please click here.

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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.