Chicago Passes Law Requiring All Legal Gun Sales to Be Taped and Bans Gun Shops in 95% of City
The Chicago City Council this week passed one of the strictest sets of regulations for gun shops in the country.
The measures will all but insure that gun dealers are not able to operate within the city and will likely continue to amount to a complete ban on legal gun sales within city limits.
According to DNA Info,
Ald. James Balcer (11th), chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, which passed the ordinance without opposition, called it “one of the smartest, most cutting-edge licensing laws in the country.”
It would largely limit shops to the fringes of the city by banning gun shops within 500 feet of a school or park. It calls for criminal background checks for store owners and employees, requires a safety plan and surveillance cameras and calls for all sales to be videotaped.
Due to the wording of the law, gun shops would be banned from utilizing nearly 95% of the land within city limits. It also puts a 1 gun per month purchase limit into place for buyers.
If store owners or employees are found to violate any of the strict policies put into place by the law, they would be subject to a $3,000 fine and the threat of jail time.
We can’t imagine any gun dealer agreeing to operate under these conditions.
The law was passed after a federal court found that Chicago’s complete ban on gun shops was unconstitutional. Under this new law Chicago is technically allowing gun shops, although in practice they really aren’t.