Monday, June 25, 2012

Sun-Times: City to revamp gun-control ordinance after loss in court

I'm going to guess the issue of guns will come up at this Q&A with police superintendent Garry McCarthy coming up next Saturday. He may be asked a question about this and perhaps other issues with regards to guns:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to introduce a revised ordinance Wednesday barring anyone with a misdemeanor conviction for a violent crime within five years from obtaining a city gun permit.

The proposal is a reaction to a federal judge’s ruling Tuesday striking down part of the city’s 2010 firearm ordinance.

A section of the ordinance that barred anyone convicted “in any jurisdiction” of “unlawful use of a weapon that is a firearm” was unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan found.

Der-Yeghiayan ruled in favor of a Chicago man who sued the city after he was denied a permit because of a misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon conviction.

Unlawful use of a weapon involves possession of a gun—not firing a weapon.

Der-Yeghiayan said Shawn Gowder’s right to bear arms under the Second Amendment was violated when the city denied him a gun permit.

Gowder was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon in 1995. At the time, the charge was a felony but was downgraded to a misdemeanor after a 1999 Illinois Supreme Court decision.
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1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to Shawn Gowder and everyone who fights against Chicago's fear of LAW ABIDING CITIZENS having guns.

    Three Observations:

    1) The real fear is LAW ABIDING "BLACK" CITIZENS having guns!
    Every gun ban in this country's history has always occurred around large populations of Black People.

    2) No one is reporting the explosion of White Chicagoans from Downtown and the North Side enrolling in gun courses.

    3) Shawn is a Vet who has used guns in service to his country. Yet, he was not allowed to have a gun to protect himself and/or his loved ones in a city as dangerous as actual war zones around the world.

    Can any of you explain these observations to me?


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