BREAKING: Chicago Wins Court Case to Delay Gun Sales for 6 Months, Rahm Emanuel Promises Strict Regulations

January 14 2014
by GSL Staff
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You might remember last week that we reported that a federal court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the city of Chicago to ban the sale of guns within city limits.

This is obviously a pretty significant court case and was seen as a big win for affirming gun ownership and availability as a right (of course it is).

However, thanks to a court ruling, Chicago will now have 6 months to draft new laws governing the sale of guns in the city.

On a positive note, Chicago will not appeal the decision to allow gun sales within city limits.

What is yet to be seen is how strict the city will make requirements for gun dealers doing business within city limits.

Much in the same way that Washington DC was forced to allow gun ownership, but made it very, very hard for average citizens to go through the process required to do so, we could see something similar from Chicago in regards to gun dealers.

In 2013, the state of Illinois lost a federal court case that found the state’s complete ban on firearm carry outside the home was unconstitutional. Due to that ruling the state instituted a concealed carry permitting system that is just starting to get underway this month.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave the following remarks following today’s court ruling,

“I have a different view as it relates to the court and their view on guns and access. But I decided to ask for that six months because I didn’t want to leave the decision about Chicago’s public safety to the courts,” he said.

“We’re going to take it in our own hands, chart our own course … in a way that does not undermine what our community groups, our Police Department and our after-school programs are trying to do to protect our city, our children and our neighborhoods. We’ll do it in a way that … lives within the straitjacket the court put us in but does not undermine what … all of us are trying to do day in and day out.”

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