Judge Rules Chicago Ban on Gun Sales is UNCONSTITUTIONAL

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A Federal Judge has ruled that a Chicago ban on gun sales within the city, aimed at reducing gun violence, is unconstitutional because it goes too far in barring buyers and dealers from engaging in lawful sales.

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang found that the U.S. Constitution’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms must include the right to acquire them, within limits.

The judge stayed the ruling, however, in order to give the nation’s third-largest city a chance to respond. Chang said the city had until Monday to submit a motion to stay the ruling pending an appeal if it chooses to do so.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “strongly disagrees” with the court’s decision, according to a statement from the city, adding that he has instructed the city’s lawyer to consider all options to better regulate the sale of firearms within the city’s borders.

“Every year Chicago police recover more illegal guns than officers in any city in the country, a factor of lax federal laws as well as lax laws in Illinois and surrounding states related to straw purchasing and the transfer of guns,” the statement said. “We need stronger gun safety laws, not increased access to firearms within the city.”

Gun sales are allowed outside of Chicago, including in neighboring suburbs, and anti-gun activists have complained that criminals use “straw buyers” to buy guns outside of Chicago and bring them into the city.

The court decision comes as Chicago reported about 17 percent fewer murders in 2013 as the city flooded high-crime zones with police. The murder rate in the city was still higher in 2013 than in the larger cities of New York and Los Angeles.

The judge’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit by the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers. A representative for the Association could not immediately be reached for comment.

Also this month, a law allowing Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons takes effect. Illinois was the last state in the nation to allow residents to carry concealed weapons.

Read more at Newsmax

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  • NObama2012

    Little Rom needs to pay attention to the falling crime rate as the concealed carry law gains adherents. The more good guys with guns, the less bad guys using guns.

  • Matt Holmes

    The more laws you make against guns, of course, the more guns you’ll make illegal, so yes, it’s no wonder you’re finding more “illegal” guns within your city limits… /smh

  • mathis1689

    “Illegal guns”? Where are those mentioned in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights?

  • Daniel Hoskins

    “Every year Chicago police recover more illegal guns than officers in any city in the country.”
    Hmmmm….So the way we are going to combat the problem of illegal guns is to stop the sale of legal guns to people who can legally buy them? Sounds like Chicago is trying to take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens so that outlaws can prey on them. Then Rahm Emanuel’s Mafia buddies will have free reign over the streets of Chicago with very little ability for law abiding citizens to defend themselves.

    • Redneck Packrat

      Hush, Daniel, you figured it out. Now you gotta watch your six….Daniel? Daniel?…

    • Kent2012

      and then there will be no guns recovered, probably due to no one looking….

  • Michael Phillips

    ‘Wish I knew what it is a gun has to do to be illegal?

  • Bill

    Rahm says there isn’t enough to steal…..and he hates competition!!

  • Brian p.

    I don’t know how these clowns even function enough to tie their shoes. It doesn’t take a Rhodes scholar to figure out that when you are still taking more guns from criminals than in any other city, despite bans on sales, it’s not working and the only people you’re restricting are the ones obeying the law. But, that’s what they want……nice little subservient serfs easy to control.

  • billl77

    Rahman the troll Emanuel needs to be stuck on the next NASA rocket heading to mars. I’m sure he’ll be very happy there as there are no guns. Of course it probably would be a good idea to give him a gun and a single bullet for his trip I’m sure he’ll figure out what to do with it once he arrives on mars.