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Illinois State Rifle Association appealing Cook County assault rifle ban to Supreme Court


By Glenn Minnis | Sep 11, 2019


The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) is taking its fight for gun rights to the courts.

ISRA Executive Director Richard A. Pearson recently sent a bulletin to members reminding them that the organization is now involved in several gun rights cases, including the Matthew Wilson et al. v. Cook County case the organization plans to appeal all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Wilson case is over Cook County's ban on large capacity magazines and semi-automatic firearms.

“This is not the only case ISRA is involved in,” Pearson said in the bulletin, and also listed at least four more ongoing gun cases that the organization is keeping a close watch on.

“There will be more court challenges coming in the future, I am sure,” he wrote. “... The ISRA wants to assure our members that we are willing and able to continue our fight for gun rights in the courts.”

Pearson conceded that noting about the legal fight figures to come easy.

“A few years ago, I wrote an article entitled ‘The Gathering Storm,”’ he added. “That storm is now here and we still have yet to see the worst of it. The legitimate gun-owning community is made up of individual gun owners, hunters, dealers, collectors, those interested in self-defense, and target shooters of every conceivable variety. Now is the time to come together and stay together.”

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