..."Yesterday's motion asks for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to put the Act on hold while litigation is underway."...
Fairfax, Va. - Grassroots Illinois-based Second Amendment organization Guns Save Life filed an important NRA-supported case challenging the very foundations of Illinois gun law. Following an early adverse ruling the group filed an expedited appeal asking the Illinois Supreme Court to put aside the lower court's ruling and suspend the state's Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Act. NRA has supported and been involved in this case as they are in cases all over the state. The FOID Act requires law-abiding Illinois citizens to obtain and pay for a license from the State before they are allowed to posses or purchase any firearms and ammunition.
"Law-abiding citizens should not be required to obtain government approval before exercising a constitutionally protected right," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.
The case of one Guns Save Life member, mentioned in the organizations complaint, shows how drastically the FOID Act infringes on that right. In compliance with the Act, the member recently sought to renew his FOID card. But the police denied his application and revoked his card, claiming to have suddenly found a battery conviction in his record. The problem is he has no such conviction, and the courts have no record of one. Nevertheless, because he no longer had a FOID card, he was forcibly disarmed.
Yesterday's motion asks for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to put the Act on hold while litigation is underway.
"Illinois is one of only two states to impose such extreme gun control restrictions upon law-abiding citizens, continued Cox. The men and women of the National Rifle Association are pleased to join Guns Save Life in this fight to protect the Second Amendment rights of Illinois gun owners.