Chicago Politicians Have Taxpayers Pay an Expensive Lesson Regarding Second Amendment

Chicago Check to the NRA
Another Chicago Check to the NRA

Charlotte, NC –-( While litigants generally bear their own costs in the American legal system, certain provisions of federal law allow parties who prevail in “proceedings in vindication of civil rights” to be awarded reasonable attorney’s fees.

NRA has once again used these provisions to recoup attorney’s fees from the City of Chicago.

You would think that Chicago's disarmament-focused politicians would have learned their lesson after being court ordered to pay NRA over $600,000 in legal fees for work done by NRA attorneys on McDonald v. City of Chicago.

Nevertheless, Chicago has once again been court ordered to pay NRA’s legal fees, this time $940,000 for work on Illinois Association of Firearm Retailers v. City of Chicago (formerly Benson v. City of Chicago).  That case challenged the prohibition on lawful gun sales within the city.

As noted earlier this week, this brings Chicago’s recent total for NRA legal fees to over $1.5 million.

That's a lot of cash, even to politicians who are spending their constituents' money.  Still, the city’s new push to keep gun dealers away through over-regulation may well indicate that its aldermen and its mayor, Rahm Emanuel, remain willing to spend even more taxpayer funds to support even more symbolic and ineffective gun control.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

  • 6 thoughts on “Chicago Politicians Have Taxpayers Pay an Expensive Lesson Regarding Second Amendment

    1. Gee, too bad I moved out of IL and won’t be there to help pay it! Say, who’s Ahmed and why is his name on the check?

    2. To bad all such actions don’t cost the areas legal fees then the NRA would have even more funds to go after more 2nd Am cases. Right now they have to be picky based on budget if they were paid for every win they could roll the proceeds of one win right into the next case

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