Skip to comments.Chicago Suburb Drops Ban On Private Possession Of Handguns
Posted on 08/30/2008 8:01:27 PM PDT by epow
Friday, August 29, 2008
This week, the Village of Morton Grove, Illinois agreed to a stipulated dismissal of a NRA lawsuit challenging the village's gun ban. A new town ordinance recognizes the right to private handgun ownership, bringing an end to NRA's lawsuit against the village. Morton Grove completely dismissed its ordinance banning handguns and agreed not to replace it with any direct regulation other than to adopt existing state laws.
"Today's move is further vindication of the U.S. Supreme Court's Heller ruling upholding the Second Amendment as protecting an inherent, individual civil right for all law-abiding Americans," declared NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "Morton Grove's decision upholds state law and does not involve any registration or regulation beyond that law."
The repeal of Morton Grove's handgun ban passed on July 15, by a 5-1 vote. NRA-ILA will continue to monitor the Village of Morton Grove regarding its ban on gun stores, as the gun store provision was not a provision in the current lawsuit.
NRA may pursue civil rights actions against other municipalities who have not been cooperative to date.
"Today is an important victory and a step in the right direction for the residents of Morton Grove and for the citizens of Illinois," concluded Cox. "NRA will keep up the fight to make sure the Second Amendment is recognized and honored across the United States of America."
One, painfully slow, step at a time.....
When law-abiding citizens are able to fight back, things will change.
Sweet. Can you imagine how much this sticks in their craw? I love it.
Our right to BEAR arms is still being completely infringed in the entire state...this is a very minor victory.
but did the NRA get attorney fees as part of the settlement?
Suppose every Freeper would post their membership to the NRA in their tagline so we would know who helped make this possible.
As a native of New York state, I will be dancing down Broadway if the Sullivan laws are thrown out. As a current resident of New Jersey, I will be first in line for a CWP if the courts throw out the discriminatory “permits for retired law enforcement only” practice in this state.
The title of the article was an eye-opener for me.
I’d absolutely LOVE to see something like that for NYC.
You and me both.
Absolutely right. Why should we have to take training, pay $100, $200, or even more for a training class and to the state or county, and then wait weeks or even months for a permit to exercise a right that no less an authority than the U.S. Supreme Court has declared to be a constitutionally guaranteed right? I don't know of any other right protected by the BOR that requires a permit that may or may not be granted depending on the state or municipality where you live.
NRA has mentioned suing to overturn NYC's gun laws. But unlike the Morton Grove officials, Bloomberg will spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer's dollars to fight NRA lawsuits in court.
Someday all these unconstitutional city and state gun laws will have to be either approved or thrown out by another SCOTUS decision. I think that Scalia, Roberts, Alito, and Thomas would have gone much further in spelling out our 2nd Amendment rights in the Heller decision, but they had to compromise with Kennedy to get his vote. I don't think the chances for getting a 5th originalist on the USSC are very good since either McCain or, God forbid, Obama will probably appoint the next 2 or 3 Justices.
Well, I sent an e-mail to the NRA last night. I let them know that I’ll be their guinea pig.
We’ll see what happens in the coming months.
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