Friday, July 2, 2010

Chicago Criminal attorney comments on the new Chicago Gun Ordinance

This Chicago Criminal attorney posted here, here, and here about the City’s gun regulations. The City has prepared its response in light of coming in 2nd place in the United State’s Supreme Court Decision of McDonald v. City of Chicago.

July 2, Chicago, Il:

Instead of one handgun for every qualified person living in a home as planned, it allows "one handgun per month" and prohibits possession outside the home. The garage, yard, porch, deck or walkway would be off-limits.

If there are two qualified adults in a home, 24 handguns -- a virtual arsenal -- could legally be purchased during the course of a year.

No more than one firearm could be "assembled and operable." The rest must be secured or "broken down in a non-functioning state."

The liability insurance component to shield taxpayers from lawsuits if first responders are confronted by armed residents, which Daley had talked about repeatedly, was dropped.

"Currently on the marketplace, there is no stand-alone kind of policy that one can procure. And to cover it under homeowners or renters insurance can be exceptionally expensive," Corporation Counsel Mara Georges said.

Gun shops would be prohibited within the city limits.

The ordinance, advanced by the Police Committee on Thursday, requires city residents to register their weapons after taking at least four hours of firearms safety training in the classroom and one hour on a firing range.

The Chicago Firearms Permit would cost $100 and have to be renewed every three years. In addition, gun owners would have to pay an application fee of $15 for each firearm registered and an annual reporting fee of $10 per firearm.

Chicagoans would be prohibited from obtaining permits if they are under 18; 18, 19 or 20 without parent's permission; have been convicted of a violent crime or two or more drug or drunken-driving offenses, or lack vision sufficient for a driver's license.

Daley argued that the ordinance "responsibly and reasonably balances" the Second Amendment right to own a gun for self-defense, no matter where you live, "with our determination to protect our residents from violence and keep them safe."
This isn’t perfect and there will be challenges to the City’s new gun ordinance. Hmmm, do you think there will be a run on hand gun sales now for Chicago residents?

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