Chicago Wins a Round in Handgun Ban Lawsuit


The National Rifle Association (NRA) has suffered a setback in its attempt to end the City of Chicago’s ban on handguns. But the fight is far from over.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Washington, D.C., handgun ban in Heller v District of Columbia. That handgun ban was very similar to the one currently in force in Chicago. So soon after the Supreme Court’s decision, “The National Rifle Association then challenged Chicago's ban,” the Chicago Tribune reported, by filing a lawsuit in Illinois.

Recently, though, “U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur rejected the gun rights group's effort to extend the D.C. ruling to Chicago and Oak Park. Shadur concluded this month that the Supreme Court decision did not give him the authority to take such action.”

“The NRA immediately appealed Shadur's decision, and [NRA] attorney Stephen Halbrook said the group is confident it will prevail in a higher court.”


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