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Gun ban in subsidized housing gets court challenge from East St. Louis woman

St. Louis Post Dispatch

Friday, March 9, 2018  |  Article  |  By Robert Patrick

Courts (27) , Guns and Gun Control, FOID, Concealed Carry (46)
EAST ST. LOUIS • A woman from East St. Louis filed a federal lawsuit here Wednesday that seeks to overturn a policy banning guns in subsidized housing.

The Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association joined in the suit against the East St. Louis Housing Authority.

The woman, who is not named in the suit out of fear of an abusive ex-husband, wants a handgun for protection but can’t have one for fear of getting kicked out of her home, the suit says.

She was beaten and raped in her home last year in an attack that stopped only when her children brandished a gun, the suit says. She has since given up that gun.

The woman is a customer service representative for a medical supply distributor, has a valid firearm owner’s identification card and has been “trained and educated in the safe use of firearms,” the suit says.

The suit says the housing authority’s rules violate the Second Amendment and her constitutional right to equal protection.

In an email, Executive Director Mildred Motley said the housing authority does not comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit is one of a series of gun rights cases filed by the woman’s Chicago-based lawyer, David Sigale.

Similar efforts have been made in courts and state legislatures to strike down public housing gun bans.