Licensed gun stores in Chicago were banned from selling guns within city limits. That law was struck down Monday by a federal judge.
Rahm Emanuel’s city is number one in gun violence and has the strictest gun laws in the nation.
U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang found that the city failed to convince him that banning the sale of guns by licensed dealers was necessary to reduce gun violence.
Chang found that the city’s “blanket ban” on sales and transfers of firearms violated the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
He also legalized the transfer ownership of firearms as a gift or through private sale if the buyer is 18 years of age and has a firearm owner’s identification card.
The city will appeal. They will also undoubtedly rewrite regulations and zoning laws to stop the opening of gun stores.
Chicago has had the strictest gun laws against legal gun owners but if this law is upheld, residents of Chicago will be able to buy, own and possess guns in their own homes, something they have not been able to do since the 1950’s. If this occurs, we will know whether or not gun crime is reduced when lawful gun owners have weapons which are now only possessed by the criminals.
Illinois just became the last state to approve a concealed carry law.
Full story at the Chicago Tribune.