Tuesday, April 4, 2017

7th Circuit Nixes Chicago’s Anti-Gun Range Ordinances

CHATSWORTH – April 2, 2017 - Once again Rhonda Ezell has triumphed over the City of Chicago in her battle to defend the Second Amendment rights of all Chicagoans.

7th Circuit Nixes Chicago’s Anti-Gun Range Ordinances

CHATSWORTH – April 2, 2017 - Once again Rhonda Ezell has triumphed over the City of Chicago in her battle to defend the Second Amendment rights of all Chicagoans. This is the second time that Ezell v. City of Chicago has gone before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the second time the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Chicago gun owners have prevailed.

The case has its roots in McDonald v. Chicago, the landmark Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision upholding the Second Amendment right of an individual to "keep and bear arms" for personal protection. The Illinois State Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation sponsored the litigation on behalf of several Chicago residents, including retiree Otis McDonald. The case clarified the earlier District of Columbia v. Heller SCOTUS ruling which gun control advocates claimed only applied to the District of Columbia.

The City of Chicago was forced to drop its Draconian gun law and allow law abiding citizens to own a handgun. It then proceeded to pass ordinances that required handgun registration and a five hour training program including one hour of live fire experience with a certified instructor at a gun range. The City of Chicago also had an ordinance banning run ranges.

Rhonda Ezell is a Chicagoan who has difficulties traveling outside the city not only to purchase a firearm, but to receive appropriate training and meet the City’s range proficiency demonstration requirements. The Illinois State Rifle Association partnered with Ezell to help her challenge the City of Chicago’s ban.

In 2011, in a 3-0 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a lower court ruling and ordered that court to issue a preliminary injunction preventing the City of Chicago from banning gun ranges inside city limits.

In response, the City of Chicago lifted its gun range ban and passed ordinances that were so stringent it de facto prevented a gun range from being opened within city limits. It barred shooting ranges within 100 feet of another range or within 500 feet of any district that is zoned for residential use or planned residential use, or any preexisting school, day−care facility, place of worship, liquor retailer, children’s activities facility, library, museum, or hospital.  Additionally, it prohibited anyone under age 18 from entering a shooting range.

Ezell v. City of Chicago went back to court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals again found in favor of Ezell and struck down the unrealistic City of Chicago requirements imposed on prospective gun ranges.

“Ezell is one of the most cited cases by judges returning pro-Second Amendment decisions. It is the gift that keeps on giving,” Don Moran, president of the ISRA said. In fact, the Illinois State Rifle Association has been a major driving force throughout these and other challenges to the Second Amendment rights of Illinoisans. The ISRA has a long-standing tradition of providing legal expertise and financial support to bring civil action against those that would restrict the Second Amendment rights of all Illinoisans and particularly those who may not otherwise be able to afford to take legal action. Additionally, the ISRA maintains a staff of five lobbyists in Springfield working constantly to prevent the enactment of anti-Second Amendment legislation and offers professional quality training programs open to the public.

For over a hundred years the ISRA has aggressively pursued its three-fold mission: Education, legislation and litigation. For over 60 years the ISRA has been supporting Illinois gun owner’s Second Amendment rights. Please help the ISRA continue its fight to help you by making a donation today.

For further information, to join the ISRA or to make a donation go to:  isra.org

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