Yesterday the City of Chicago filed
their brief in response in the US Supreme Court case
brought by the Illinois State Rifle Association. The
case, McDonald v Chicago, seeks to overturn Chicago's
handgun ban and punitive registration process.
This is the most important case in U.S. history
concerning the Second Amendment and it is the ISRA's
case. Can state and local governments take away
your Second Amendment Rights? Or is the Right to Keep
and Bear Arms so fundamental that it is protected
by being incorporated against the states through the
14th Amendment to the US Constitution? Without going
into a bunch of legal language, Chicago's brief is their
attempt make sure that the handgun ban lives on.
These are the next steps in this case:
1. Our reply to what Chicago just submitted is due
2. Oral Arguments in the case have been scheduled for
3. The court is expected to deliver a decision near the
end of June.
The outcome of this case is expected to affect the
status of the Second Amendment across the nation. If we
win, it does not mean that the fight is over, it means
that next phase of the fight has begun.
The City of Chicago is using tax dollars pay for the
defense in this case, in order to keep preventing its
residents being able to have effective self-defense at
home. Of course, no tax payer monies are being used to
defend your Second Amendment rights! The legal effort
behind the McDonald case is paid for privately.
The ISRA needs your support and your contributions to
keep this case, and the inevitable follow-up cases,
Now is the time. If you are an ISRA member, we need your
continued support. Please make a
donation on-line here, or over the phone at 815-635-3198. If
you would like to mail or fax a donation, we have a
printable form here.
Now is the time. If you're not an ISRA member, join NOW
and ride with us into history. You'll be able to say "I
was an ISRA member when WE overthrew the Chicago handgun
ban and forever changed the gun control debate!" You can
join on-line, or
over the phone at 815-635-3198. You can
download a printable application form here.
Post this alert to all internet blogs and bulletin
boards to which you belong. Also, pass this alert on to
your gun owning friends and fellow sporting club
members. Ask them to forward this alert to their friend
far and wide. Although the suit targets the local
ordinance in Chicago, the implications of incorporation
of the 2nd Amendment are national in scope.