Chicago Passes New Gun Limits


Hal Dardick
Chicago Tribune
July 3, 2010

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Four days after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted Chicago’s longtime handgun ban, the City Council enacted new gun-control measures.

Alderman voted 45-0 in favor Friday, even as some of them acknowledged how little the restrictions would do to quell violent crime. The rush job is aimed at having new handgun restrictions in place before a lower court can enter a final order to formally strike down the city’s gun ban.

The ordinance “places reasonable regulations regarding who should and should not be able to possess a handgun in their home for self-defense,” Mayor Richard Daley said after the special council meeting. “With this law, we’re supporting adults who legitimately want a gun in their home for self-defense. At the same time, we’re trying to keep guns out of the hands of gangbangers and drug dealers who only want to terrorize our communities.”

Several aldermen, however, said the ordinance is more likely to affect law-abiding gun owners than the thugs causing mayhem on hot weekend nights.

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