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SAF Wins Injunction v. Chicago Gun Range Ban

BELLEVUE, WA – In a 3-0 ruling issued this morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has reversed a lower court ruling and ordered that court to issue a preliminary injunction against the City of Chicago on behalf of the Second Amendment Foundation that prevents the city from banning gun ranges inside city limits.

Joining SAF in the original lawsuit were Action Target, Inc., the Illinois State Rifle Association and three Chicago residents, Rhonda Ezell, William Hespen and Joseph Brown. Their attempts to obtain a temporary restraining order against the gun range ban were twice rejected by the district court. The Appeals Court ruling is severely critical of the lower court’s ruling.

“This is a significant victory that could have strong implications well beyond the Chicago city limits,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The court is making it clear that cities cannot adopt firearms ordinances that are so deliberately restrictive that they make it impossible for citizens to exercise their rights under the Second Amendment.”

Immediately after last year’s landmark SAF victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago, the city adopted a handgun ordinance that required special permits and mandated range training, but banned gun ranges inside city limits. The city argued that citizens could fulfill their training requirement by visiting a suburban range. In today’s ruling, written by Judge Diane S. Sykes, the Appeals Court observed, “It’s hard to imagine anyone suggesting that Chicago may prohibit the exercise of a free-speech or religious-liberty right within its borders on the rationale that those rights may be freely enjoyed in the suburbs. That sort of argument should be no less unimaginable in the Second Amendment context.” In a concurring opinion, Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner noted, “…the city may not condition gun ownership for self-defense in the home on a prerequisite that the City renders impossible to fulfill within the city limits.”

“What the city tried to do, as the court ruling noted, was ‘thumb its municipal nose at the Supreme Court’,” Gottlieb stated. “City governments, no matter how much they abhor the fundamental right of citizens to keep and bear arms, cannot use clever legal devices to prevent the exercise of that right. As Judge Rovner noted, ‘the city must come to terms with that reality’.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. In addition to the landmark McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Case, SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; New Orleans; Chicago and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and numerous amicus briefs holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

Illinois State Rifle Association to Unveil Roving Billboard

Media Advisory

CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

WHAT: Press briefing prior to launch of roving billboard touting the public safety advantages of privately-owned firearms.

WHEN: Monday, 28 February 2011, 10:00 AM

WHERE: Midwest Sporting Goods, 8565 Plainfield Road, Lyons, IL 60534

WHO: Richard Pearson, Executive Director, Illinois State Rifle Association.

Mr. Pearson will officially kick off a truck-mounted roving billboard campaign touting the public safety advantages of private firearm ownership. The roving billboard consists of two large truck-mounted panels advertising the fact that, on a daily basis, approximately 2,200 Americans utilize firearms to protect themselves from rape, robbery, murder and assault – a fact conveniently overlooked by the “mainstream media.”

Sponsored jointly by the Citizens’ Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the ISRA, the roving billboard campaign comes in response to a similar effort spearheaded by New York City Mayor and gun control activist Michael Bloomberg. The Bloomberg project involves a roving billboard declaring that 34 Americans are shot to death by criminals every day.

The CCRKBA/ISRA roving billboard will depart from the parking lot of Midwest Sporting Goods, 8565 Plainfield Road, Lyons, IL, at approximately 10:00 AM en route to downtown Chicago via the Eisenhower Expressway. Once in the Loop, the roving billboard will work the streets – delivering its message to workers and shoppers in the central business district. Later that afternoon, the roving billboard will return to the suburbs where it will be seen by rush hour commuters.

Mr. Pearson will be available to the press to discuss the roving billboard campaign as well as ISRA’s on-going effort in the Capitol to pass legislation that would allow well-qualified, law-abiding citizens to carry defensive firearms for the protection of themselves and their families. Currently, Illinois is one of two states that prohibit citizens from carrying defensive firearms. The other state, Wisconsin, is expected to pass concealed carry legislation later this year.

The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

WEB SITE: http://www.isra.org

SOURCE Illinois State Rifle Association