From Time Out Chicago:
THE CRIME RATE COULD ACTUALLY GO DOWNI suspect the Supreme Court will overturn the city’s prohibition but I would welcome background checks, wait periods, and fire arm testing/licensing in its wake.
It’s a controversial theory, but several studies have suggested that not only do gun bans fail to lower crime rates, but violent crime actually increases in cities with gun bans. Carl Moody, an economics professor at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, submitted to the Supreme Court a comparison of Chicago’s violent-crime rate with that of the U.S.’s other 24 largest cities. It shows that, since 1983, the first full year of the city’s ban, Chicago’s violent-crime rate has been, on average, 20 percent higher than that of the other cities. (In D.C., the murder rate rose during the handgun ban, and following the repeal in 2009, the rate dropped 20 percent.)
GETTING A GLOCK ISN’T GOING TO BE EASY-PEASY
Handguns may soon become legal here, but Mayor Daley likely won’t make acquiring one a cinch. In March, Daley pleaded with the Supreme Court to uphold the ban for fear of Wild West–style shoot-outs, and just last week he began a push for new statewide gun-control laws.