SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):
“A pathetic and cynical slap at the civil rights movement” is how the ISRA is describing a lawsuit filed yesterday by a group of plaintiffs that includes renegade priest Michael Pfleger. The lawsuit contends that free exercise of the 2nd Amendment violates the civil rights of Black people living in Chicago. As a remedy, the plaintiffs seek to compel a trio of villages that have gun shops within their limits to adopt gun shop licensing schemes similar to that put in place by the City of Chicago. Oddly enough, Chicago has no gun shops within its borders. The Chicago regulations place a number of costly and inefficient requirements on gun shops which make it nearly impossible for retail gun sales to take place in the city.
Filing of this lawsuit is the latest addition to Pfleger’s theatrical repertoire which has included attempted storming of gun shops and wild-eyed calls for the “snuffing” of gun shop owners and pro-gun politicians.
“Pfleger isn’t kidding anyone,” said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. “His intent is to run as many firearm retailers as possible out of business – plain and simple. We’ve come to expect this sort of nonsense from Pfleger. Nevertheless, we never cease to be amazed at the kooky assertions made by this guy. Now he’s claiming that the 2nd Amendment essentially infringes on the civil rights of Black people. I would love to hear Pfleger explain to the many thousands of lawful Black firearm owners in the state just how the 2nd Amendment infringes on their civil rights.”
The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.