Federal Judge Deals Chicago’s Gun Laws Another Blow

600x300-bigstock-CHICAGO-IL--Oct--Navy-Pier-44032090    CHICAGO, IL – For almost three decades, the city of Chicago had a complete ban on handguns within the city.

In 2010, when court rulings were finding that these bans would violate 2A rights, the city transitioned to a sales ban within the city and tight restrictions on where a handgun could be used.

Gun owners were prohibited from stepping outside their home with a handgun… and that included not going into a garage or a porch.

District Court Judge Edmond Chang ruled that these rules are, in fact, unconstitutional. “Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms,” Chang wrote, according to Bloomberg.

“The right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment must also include the right to acquire a firearm.”

Despite the ruling, however, there will be a delay in its enforcement. Chang has offered the city time to review the 35 page document, seek a stay while an appeal is filed, or determine which sales of guns to restrict to avoid an outright ban within the city.

Some feel that gun laws are already too lenient within the city and find this ruling to be not in the best interest of the city of Chicago. “Every year Chicago Police recover more illegal guns than officers in any city in the country,” said Roderick Drew, a Department of Law spokesperson for the city, “a factor of lax federal laws as well as lax laws in Illinois and surrounding states related to straw purchasing and the transfer of guns.”

The city has until January 13 to seek a stay in the ruling.


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