IL Supreme Court Tells Appellate Court to Reconsider “Assault Weapon” Ban Lawsuit

Back in 2006, Cook County, IL (which includes Chicago and its surrounding suburbs) enacted a ban on s0-called “assault weapons“.  This ban is both vague and ambiguous, unreasonably restricting the right to keep and bear arms, while also making it difficult to impossible for gun owners to know what exactly they may lawfully own. The Illinois State Rifle Association sued, and the Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that this case needs to be reconsidered, in light of the pro-gun-rights US Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago.  The ISRA’s press release can be seen below:

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A Word from Otis McDonald

Below is a video clip by Otis McDonald, the plaintiff in the McDonald v. Chicago case which led to the end of the Chicago handgun ban.  In this video clip, he discusses gun rights, the upcoming election, the McDonald v. Chicago case, and more. He also endorses Bill Brady for IL Governor:

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McDonald v. Chicago Oral Arguments Audio Now Available

The McDonald v. Chicago case, in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Second Amendment applies against state/local gun control laws, was an important gun rights victory.  As is customary with such Supreme Court cases, the parties are afforded the opportunity to verbally argue their case before the Supreme Court.  The arguments are quite interesting, and the questions asked by the Supreme Court Justices show insight into their thoughts on the Second Amendment.  The audio recordings from the McDonald v. Chicago oral arguments have been released by the Supreme Court, and can now be downloaded here.

My Response to the Anti-Gun Article “Ready, Fire, Aim II…….” (Second Part)

I recently responded to an anti gun article entitled “Ready, Fire, Aim…….” The author of that article published a second article, entitled “Ready, Fire, Aim II…….” This second article is not as blatantly anti-gun, but still contains an abundance of misinformation and anti-gun rhetoric.  Quotes from that article, along with my responses, can be seen below:

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If You Haven’t Done So Already, Please Join the NRA

I’ve previously discussed the importance of avoiding complacency and standing up for our gun rights by joining the NRA, so that American gun rights don’t vanish like British gun rights.  I would therefore like to ask that those who are not currently NRA members take a moment to join the NRA.  If you’re already an NRA member, then please consider giving an NRA membership as a gift.

Joining the NRA is a great way to help protect our 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms. Normally, a 1 year membership is $35, but you can join here for $25 – that is a $10 discount.

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The main reason to join the NRA is to protect our rights. When a city passes an unconstitutional gun law, the NRA is there to defend our rights in court. When the Supreme Court took the landmark D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago cases, the NRA was there. When a city tramples the gun rights (and therefore self defense rights) of minorities, the NRA is there.  In short, the NRA is the gun owner’s answer to anti gun groups such as the Brady Campaign and the Million Mom March. Those anti-gun groups are well funded, and have many lobbyists working to make our city, state, and federal officials pass anti-gun rights laws. The NRA has lobbyists too, but lobbyists don’t come cheaply. Neither do lawyers, which is why we all need to do our part and join the NRA.

In addition to helping protect our constitutional right to gun ownership, NRA membership has many other benefits:

  • With all regular memberships, you will get a choice of subscription to American Rifleman, American Hunter, or America’s 1st Freedom (Junior members receive a subscription to Insights)
  • Annual members receive $5,000 of Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage at NO COST to you. The plan covers accidents at, or to and from, an NRA event; and accidents that occur during the use of firearms or hunting equipment while hunting. Insurance must be activated at time of renewal. (Does not include Junior membership.)
  • Life members receive $10,000 of Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage at NO COST to you. The plan covers accidents at, or to and from, an NRA event; and accidents that occur during the use of firearms or hunting equipment while hunting.
  • Law Enforcement Officers, that are NRA members, killed in the line of duty will have $25,000 in coverage.
  • $1,000 of ArmsCare coverage with your NRA membership. This plan covers insured firearms, air guns, bows and arrows against theft, accidental loss, and damage. For special provisions and limitations of the ArmsCare Plan click here. ArmsCare
  • New and Enhanced insurance coverages through the NRA Endorsed Insurance Programs.
  • New Commercial Property Liability Insurance Program for NRA Affiliated Clubs and Business Alliance Members.
  • The most important benefit of NRA membership, however, is the defense of your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. NRA-ILA tracks the issues and alerts members about legislation involving firearms and hunting at the federal, state and local levels of government.

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“In Clarence Thomas’s gun rights opinion, race plays a major role”

Sticking with today’s topic of the intersection of guns, race, and McDonald v. Chicago, I thought I would also point out another article worth reading.  This one, by Courtland Milloy is entitled In Clarence Thomas’s gun rights opinion, race plays a major role.  An excerpt can be seen below:

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A Must-Read Aricle About Guns and Race

I would like to direct everyone’s attention to a truly excellent article by Marcus Cole, entitled A Word of Thanks to Four Black Men and A Gun.  It addresses that author’s family’s experience with a violent racist attack, their resulting decision to buy a self defense gun, and historical and recent events centering on gun ownership and race.  Also included is a summary of the history of the privileges or immunities clause in the federal constitution, and Justice Thomas’ use of this clause in his opinion in McDonald v. Chicago.

My thanks to JD for pointing out this article.

McDonald v. Chicago Victory: Supreme Court Declares that the 2nd Amendment Applies to State/Local Government!

The Supreme Court has published its opinion in McDonald v. Chicago, and it is a victory for gun rights.  The court has incorporated the 2nd Amendment into the 14th Amendment, meaning that the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms now applies against state and local government, rather than just the Federal Government:

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The McDonald v. Chicago Decision is Just Hours Away

UPDATE: MCDONALD V. CHICAGO HAS BEEN DECIDED, AND IT IS A VICTORY FOR GUN RIGHTS! MORE INFORMATION HERE

In a matter of hours, the United States Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Chicago handgun ban.  Hopefully, the Court will find the handgun ban to a violation of the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution, ending the ability of state and local governments to infringe the right to keep and bear arms with impunity.  Once the decision is released by the Supreme Court, more information will follow.

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If You’re Not Already an NRA Member, Please Join Today

I’ve previously discussed the importance of avoiding complacency and standing up for our gun rights by joining the NRA, so that American gun rights don’t vanish like British gun rights.  I would therefore like to ask that those who are not currently NRA members take a moment to join the NRA.  If you’re already an NRA member, then please consider giving an NRA membership as a gift.

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McDonald v. Chicago Oral Aguments Today

Oral arguments in the McDonald v. Chicago case are scheduled to begin shortly, with a decision in the next few months.  This case, which will determine whether the 2nd Amendment prevents state and local governments from violating the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, is right up there with D.C. v. Heller in terms of importance to our gun rights.  Hopefully, this case will be decided in a favorable way, finally putting an end to the injustice of the Chicago and Oak Park handgun bans.