January 26, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Grants NRA Motion for Divided Argument in McDonald v. City of Chicago

Fairfax, Va. – The U.S. Supreme Court has granted the National Rifle Association’s motion to allow it to participate in the upcoming oral argument in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

“We are pleased with the Court’s decision to grant our motion,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist. “NRA’s solitary goal in McDonald is to ensure that our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms applies to all law-abiding Americans, regardless of the state in which they live. We are hopeful that the Court will share our view that the Framers of the Fourteenth Amendment clearly intended to apply the Second Amendment to the states.”

Last September, the Court agreed to consider the McDonald case, on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. That court incorrectly claimed that prior Supreme Court precedent prevented it from holding in favor of incorporation of the Second Amendment. The NRA believes the Seventh Circuit should have followed the lead of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Nordyke v. King, which found that Supreme Court precedent does not prevent the Second Amendment from applying to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. As a party in McDonald, the NRA looks forward to participating in the upcoming oral argument.

Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement will be representing the NRA at oral argument, which will occur on March 2.

Comments (5)

I sent a little bonus to the NRA myself.As a life member I proudly display the NRA sticker on the stock of my AK, my truck,my office, and my home. It is displayed right next to my alarm permit! Viva la NRA Semper Fi

Posted by: Sharps | February 11, 2010 9:09 PM    Report this comment

Without the NRA, who'd be as strong a voice for our rights on this issue. Pay your dues. The fight will be long and hard from here forward. I live in a state that doesn't want me to be able to defend myself and my loved ones with, if need be, deadly force.

Posted by: tomengbeck | January 29, 2010 5:45 PM    Report this comment

I too have had my differences with the NRA. However, without the NRA, this case would likely have never come to the Supreme Court and neither would have Heller. We need solidarity now. Let's not behave like a bunch of bickering, self serving "me" type individuals (like most in Congress). Let us unite in our support for the NRA in this effort to hopefully and finally set the Second Amendment, not in concrete but in GRANITE..."Will not be infringed"...Every gun owner, every shooter, every hunter, everyone who is a gun enthusiast and yes, everyone who believes in the Constitution needs to be an NRA member and now!
This is our prime time to get this effort resolved and we need a prime effort by every one who truly believes that the Second Amendment applies to ALL Americans. We need to demonstrate that on this issue, the American People will not compromise. For if we fail in this regard and the Second Amendment is further
diluted, the First Amendment is NOT far behind!

Posted by: MasterGuide | January 29, 2010 8:40 AM    Report this comment

Well, guys, it always seems that when something is written about the NRA, we get a potpourri of comments.....some pro and others con. Like most others, I have had some disappointments with the NRA, but I will say again, what I have always stated: In this fight, the NRA is the big dog who carries most of the load. While I try to support, and I do appreciate the efforts of other pro-Second Amendment organizations, the NRA is and has been the major force that gets the most results in its lobbying efforts with Congress. As a Benefactor Life Member, I figure that my money generally goes to good use in the battle that is led by the NRA.

Posted by: canovack | January 28, 2010 5:23 PM    Report this comment

I belong to the NRA, you should too!

Posted by: Robert J | January 28, 2010 9:39 AM    Report this comment

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