$1.5 Million and Counting

Law Shield members who prize their 2nd Amendment rights should be happy to hear that the City of Chicago is paying a price — almost a million dollars — for its continuing insistence of enforcing gun bans.

The United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois has ordered the City of Chicago to reimburse $940,000 in legal expenses incurred by the NRA. The NRA had challenged Chicago’s ban on gun sales within city limits in Benson v. City of Chicago.

This is the second time that the City of Chicago has been ordered to reimburse NRA’s legal fees. The first was following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago, in which Chicago was ordered to reimburse the NRA more than $600,000.

The Benson case was consolidated into Illinois Association of Firearm Retailers v. City of Chicago, which challenged five aspects of Chicago’s law: (1) the ban on any form of carriage; (2) the ban on gun stores; (3) the ban on firing ranges; (4) the ban on self-defense in garages, porches, and yards; and (5) the ban on keeping more than one gun in an operable state.

On Jan. 6, 2014, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang agreed with the plaintiffs that the city’s ban on gun stores was unconstitutional. He gave the city until July 14 to draft regulations for gun stores. The City Council approved rules in late June that face certain challenge from gun-rights groups.

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