While many of us hopefully were warm in our homes not having to go to work or anywhere else, a court made a ruling on a Chicago ordinance:
A Chicago law prohibiting the sale of guns within the third-most populous U.S. city was struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge.The next paragraph after the excerpt was about the number of murders in Chicago last year and the number of shooting incidents. They have to rub that in don't they!
“Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms,” U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang wrote in a decision yesterday.
The judge said he was delaying the effect of his ruling to allow the city time to seek a stay during an appeal or, if it elects to forgo an appeal, to consider and enact sales restrictions “short of a complete ban.”
The ordinance, adopted in 2010 after the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision invalidated a ban on gun possession within the city, allowed only the transfer of firearms through inheritance, prohibiting even gifts among family members.
Also note that applications on conceal carry in Illinois started on Sunday according to the Sun-Times. I'm sure many aren't happy about that, however, it's now law in this state.
If you're a law geek, there's more from a law blog Volokh Conspiracy. It merely lifts some text from the ruling itself if you're interested.
Could this ruling mean that there will be gun shops in the city now?