Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Proposes Banning Gun Shops From 99.5% of City, Taping All Gun Sales

May 27 2014
by GSL Staff
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Earlier this year it was ruled by a federal court that Chicago’s outright ban on the sale of firearms within city limits was unconstitutional. The city was given until July 14th to put a plan in place that would allow gun shops to operate within the city limits.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a vehement anti-gunner, got to work to draft a draconian proposal that will see very little change in the Windy City.

According to the CBS Chicago, the proposal will ensure that gun shops cannot operate in 99.5% of the city. This is accomplished by setting restrictions that say that a gun store cannot be within 500ft of any type of school or public parks. Since Chicago is awash with park land and schools, this really cuts down on the number of locations. Then of course there are the normal business zoning issues to content with.

If an entrepreneur does happen to find some suitable real estate on which to open his business, he will find that he’s not yet done bowing down to the city of Chicago. According to the CBS,

Store owners would have to conduct quarterly audits of their gun sales and allow police to inspect their records. They also would have to get the police to approve a security plan before they could open their doors.

“There is no question it will be the smartest, toughest regulation on gun stores in the country,” said Janey Rountree, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff for public safety. “It’s designed to prevent gun trafficking and illegal sales in these stores.”

In addition to the above requirements, every transaction that takes place in the store would have to be videotaped. Of course, most gun stores already employ security cameras. However, they are usually employed for security reasons, not invasion of privacy reasons.

This proposal, if it passes, might technically get rid of the ban on gun stores in Chicago, but we just can’t see too many gun sellers agreeing to operate under these conditions anytime soon.

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