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October 24, 2014, 11:10 am
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Otis McDonald Remembered As Father of Second Amendment in Illinois

Gun-rights activists in Illinois are remembering Otis McDonald as the father of the Second Amendment in Illinois.


McDonald passed away Friday in Chicago after a long illness. Valinda Rowe with says McDonald was asked if he would consider the opportunity to sue the city of Chicago for banning hand guns. Rowe says McDonald didn’t have any second thoughts.


Rowe says McDonald’s role in having the courts force the state’s hand to allow handguns in Chicago began with the case in Washington DC where the Supreme Court struck down the handgun ban in the nation’s capital.


McDonald argued that having a handgun was his way of trying to protect himself and his family from violence outside his front door. Rowe says that McDonald’s victory laid the groundwork for Mary Shepard’s case against the state which forced the lawmakers to craft a carry law.


McDonald passed away in Chicago. He was 80-years-old.

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