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Old July 21, 2010, 12:04 PM   #87
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BillCA, thanks for the information. This looks promising. I'm not a lawyer and I could be wrong, but those statutes sure seem to my laymans eye to prohibit and make a Federal crime of exactly whats happening in Chicago.

I hasten to add that my interpretations of plain English have often been contradicted by the contrary interpretations of the U.S. Supreme Court.

How would someone go about pursuing officials who commit illegal acts such as those prohibited by these statutes? Can the statutes be used offensively against the perpetrators, and if so, by whom and how? Or can these statutes only be used defensively by people arrested under the illegal laws?

i.e., do we have to sit around for years and wait for a "test case" to come along, or can a citizen or group (NRA?) sue violators as soon as their rights are infringed?
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