NRA sues to enforce lifting gun ban

Sept. 11, 2008 at 2:49 PM
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CHICAGO, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The National Rifle Association says it's going to court to force communities to accept a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to allow guns at home for self-defense.

The NRA has filed at least four lawsuits since the high court in June struck down a handgun band in Washington, which is a federal district, USA Today reported Thursday.

Some communities since have repealed their handgun bans, while others are waiting to see if the ruling applies only to federal districts or to state and local governments as well, USA Today reported.

"There is going to be a lot of litigation on this," said Dennis Henigan, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The NRA lawsuits include the San Francisco Housing Authority and Chicago, Oak Park and Evanston, Ill. Evanston ended its handgun ban last month but is considering reinstating it because a law firm has offered to defend the city at no cost, said Evanston Alderman Steve Bernstein.

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