ISRA Wins In Case Against East St. Louis Housing
IL – US District Court Judge Phil Gilbert today ruled that the East St. Louis
Housing Authority rules and regulations cannot deny a tenant the right to
lawfully own a firearm, the Illinois State Rifle Association,
one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, announced today.
The case centered around a woman who
had been beaten and raped in her home. The assault only ended when one of her
children pulled out a gun. Out of fear for her ex-husband, she wanted to have a
gun for protection, but she did not want to get kicked out of her home as the
East St. Louis Housing Authority had rules against gun ownership.
Judge Gilbert’s ruling states, “Among whatever else, the Second Amendment protects the
right of a law-abiding individual to possess functional firearms in his or her
home for lawful purposes, most notably for self-defense and defense of family.”
The ruling orders the
East St. Louis Housing Authority to amend its rules to allow legal gun
ownership, and the ruling also awards the woman (her name is being withheld
because of the potential danger to her) money for attorneys’ fees.
“The right to defend your life and
your property is a right for everyone regardless of where they live,” said
Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “The ruling today is a common-sense ruling
that reaffirms the rights we have as citizens of this country. It is sad that
this woman had to go to these lengths just to defend herself. The threats to
her are real. Thankfully, she will be able to legally own a firearm and defend
herself, but it is truly sad that it takes a federal judge to do what should
have been done a long time ago.”
This is the 16th
straight court victory for the ISRA.
“We are extremely fortunate to have attorney
David Sigale working on these cases,” Pearson said. “He has won more 2nd
Amendment cases than any other attorney in the nation.”
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