East St. Louis public housing residents can own firearms and stay in their residential homes once again, a federal judge ruled last week. U.S. District Court Judge Phil Gilbert said the East St. Louis Housing Authority overstepped its authority in denying tenants their Second Amendment right to own functioning firearms while living in their subsidized homes.
Now, this is not a new thing that has happened. Back in Clinton times, they got spanked by a Federal Judge for treating user of Public Housing as if they were less than human and used guns to excuse to conduct warrantless searches. Some Public Housing Authorities do not ban the possession of guns as condition of a lease as their legal departments find it in violation of the Bill of Rights and some like the case above do and from my experience, they always lose in court.
There is a great Law Review paper from Jamie L. Wershbale you may want to read about the subject: The Second Amendment Under a Government Landlord: Is There a Right to Keep and Bear Legal Firearms in Public Housing
Anyway, besides the legal aspect, this court decision is a great example as how the same topic in gun control keeps coming again and again. Just because we had legal wins does not mean they will stop pushing back. The law only works when it favors them and they like to ignore it if otherwise.