Chicago has once again been ordered by the federal court system to pay the National Rifle Association’s (“NRA”) legal expenses. In July 2014, the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois ordered Chicago to pay the NRA $940,000 for its legal expenses related to Benson v. City of Chicago.
In Benson, the NRA challenged Chicago’s city-wide ban on gun sales. Benson later fell under the umbrella of the Illinois Association of Firearm Retailers v. City of Chicago which challenged five components of the law. These challenges include bans on gun stores, any type of carriages, firing ranges, keeping more than one gun operable at a time, and self-defense in garages, porches, and yards.
Chicago was previously ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to pay the NRA $600,000 in legal expenses following McDonald v. City of Chicago in 2010.