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Gun ban lawsuit on hold

The National Rifle Association suit challenging Evanston’s gun control ordinance is on hold until a federal appeals court rules on similar cases involving Chicago and Oak Park.


The National Rifle Association suit challenging Evanston’s gun control ordinance is on hold until a federal appeals court rules on similar cases involving Chicago and Oak Park.

The appeals court is considering whether the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution limits gun control efforts by states and municipalities, or just by the federal government.

The NRA filed suit nearly a year ago after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a District of Columbia gun control law violated the Second Amendment.

But the District is under direct federal control, and the high court said its ruling didn’t address whether the federal constitutional amendment applies to the states.

After the suit was filed, Evanston amended its ordinance to permit possessions of handguns in the home for self protection. But the NRA argues the revision impermissibly bans transportation of handguns and their possession for other purposes.

The federal district court judge hearing the Evanston case, Marvin E. Aspen, late last month issued a stay until the appeals in the other two cases are decided.

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