Last week, NRA filed a petition
for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of NRA v.
Chicago. The NRA strongly disagrees with the decision issued by a three-judge panel of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, holding that the Second Amendment does
not apply to state and local governments.
"The Seventh Circuit got it wrong. As the Supreme Court said in last year's
landmark Heller decision, the Second Amendment is
an individual right that 'belongs to all Americans'. Therefore, we
are taking our case to the highest court in the land," said NRA-ILA Executive
Director, Chris W. Cox. "The Seventh Circuit claimed it was bound
by precedent from previous decisions. However, it should have
followed the lead of the recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in
v. Alameda County, which found that those cases don't prevent
the Second Amendment from applying to the states through the due process clause
of the Fourteenth Amendment."
This Seventh Circuit opinion upholds current bans on the possession of
handguns in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois.
"It is wrong that the residents of Chicago and Oak Park continue to have
their Second Amendment rights denied," Cox concluded. "It's time for the
fundamental right of self-defense to be respected by every jurisdiction
throughout our country."