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PoliCon
07-12-2010, 06:56 PM
A new gun ordinance in Chicago that officials say is the strictest of its kind in the country went into effect on Monday.

The ordinance was pushed through quickly by Mayor Richard Daley and the City Council after the U.S. Supreme Court last month made the city's 28-year-old handgun ban unenforceable. The high court ruled that Americans have the right to have guns in their homes for protection.

The ordinance permits residents to have only one working gun at a time in their homes and prohibits them from stepping outside, even onto their porches or in their garages, with a handgun.

Following the lead of Washington, D.C., which enacted a strict ordinance after the Supreme Court struck down its gun ban two years ago, Chicago also requires prospective gun owners to take a class and receive firearms training.

Chicago's ordinance also bans gun shops from setting up shop in the city and bars anyone convicted of a violent crime, domestic violence or two or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs from owning a handgun.

Also starting Monday is a 90-day grace period in which residents who owned handguns illegally during the ban can register them without penalty.

Chicago's ordinance was widely criticized by gun rights advocates, who have said the city is simply trying to make it as difficult as it can for people to own guns and putting up unconstitutional roadblocks in their way. They promised lawsuits and last week, even before the ordinance went into effect, at least two lawsuits were filed challenging the constitutionality of the ordinance.

City officials have said they believe the lawsuit is constitutional and that the Supreme Court specifically ruled that local jurisdictions have the right to impose reasonable regulations and restrictions.

http://townhall.com/news/us/2010/07/12/chicagos_tough_new_gun_ordinance_goes_into_effect

PoliCon
07-12-2010, 06:57 PM
the Supreme Court specifically ruled that local jurisdictions have the right to impose reasonable regulations and restrictions.

of course what the left considers reasonable is rather unreasonable.

Hawkgirl
07-12-2010, 07:12 PM
Oh great, now the criminals will have it easier...!:rolleyes:

NJCardFan
07-12-2010, 08:42 PM
I'm surprised that the ordinance didn't say something like you can own the gun but not bullets.

Hawkgirl
07-12-2010, 08:44 PM
I'm surprised that the ordinance didn't say something like you can own the gun but not bullets.

Or....you can own the gun, but the bullets must be in another room, preferable on another floor, in a locked safe, with the key burried in a hole in the yard....



..they might as well....

NJCardFan
07-12-2010, 08:45 PM
Or....you can own the gun, but the bullets must be in another room, preferable on another floor, in a locked safe, with the key burried in a hole in the yard....



..they might as well....

That pretty much describes NJ.

Odysseus
07-12-2010, 09:20 PM
Or....you can own the gun, but the bullets must be in another room, preferable on another floor, in a locked safe, with the key burried in a hole in the yard....

..they might as well....

No, the gun must be purchased outside of the city limits (they've banned gun shops in Chicago), transported to your home by a bonded carrier (because you cannot have it outside of your home), and then you must disassemble it and secure each piece separately, with no piece being within five feet of another piece. You may purchase bullets, one at a time, but they must be kept in a safe-deposit box no less than 500 feet from your home, a school, house of worship or liquor store. In the event of a threat, you must call 911 and determine how long their response time will be. If it is more than one hour, or you have been kept on hold for that long, you may go to the bank, sign for one bullet, return to your home and assemble the weapon, while warning the person breaking in that you will have a gun and then, boy, are they going to get it. Once the gun is assembled, you must place the bullet in your shirt pocket and announce that you have a gun and a bullet and that if they do not leave, you will load the gun. If the threat continues, you must put on an orange safety vest and cap, light signal flares and turn on a siren. You may then load the gun. Under no circumstances may you fire it.

NJCardFan
07-12-2010, 10:03 PM
I think we should stop giving them ideas.