Hunter v. Cortland Housing Authority

Hunter v. Cortland Housing Authority

United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

Filed: December 7, 2023

Status: Active

The Cortland Housing Authority (“CHA”), a New York State public housing authority that receives federal funding, categorically bans the possession of firearms (and other weapons) on CHA premises, at which CHA’s public housing tenants reside in flagrant violation of the tenants’ fundamental right to keep and bear arms in their homes under the Second Amendment.

Despite being alerted to the violation of the Plaintiffs’ rights by one of the individuals, including citations to another SAF case wherein the court entered an entry of judgment and permanent injunction against another housing authority for having the same lease provision, the CHA responded that “We will not be changing our stated position or lease provision on this matter.”

On December 7, 2023, the Second Amendment Foundation, joined by three individuals, filed suit against the Cortland Housing Authority and its’ Executive Director Ella Dilorio. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order, along with a preliminary and permanent injunction, and declaratory relief.

Case Team: Edward Paltzik

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