Chicago gun ban McDonald v Chicago On Monday, November 23, 2009, Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of four Chicago residents who are seeking to invalidate a city ordinance prohibiting them from owning or possessing a handgun in their own home. The GOA/GOF brief argues that the privileges or immunities clause of the 14th Amendment is the correct basis for ruling that the Second Amendment protects the individual right of all Americans, not just those living in Washington, DC. This brief also points out the pitfalls of using the due process clause to reach this conclusion.

Click here to view the Amicus Brief (pdf)

See Justice Thomas' concurring opinion starting on page 67 (pdf)

Gun Owners Foundation has already provided certain assistance to help in the McDonald v Chicago case. In order to better assist with the litigation of important firearms rights in this case, Gun Owners Foundation has established a legal fund.

Note as to use of contributions requested to be given to defense fund. GOF is an IRC section 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions to GOF are tax-deductible. Contributions may be made by individuals, corporations or nonprofit organizations. In order to ensure that moneys are used consistent with GOF purposes, and to ensure contributions are tax-deductible, GOF must retain discretion as to how to use the funds and donors may not direct GOF as to how to use the funds. Lastly, if all funds given to this fund are not needed for this case, donors understand that funds may be used to assist in other cases or matters consistent with GOF’s purposes.