Federal Judge: Ban on Gun Sales Unconstitutional

by Rachel Baker on January 7, 2014

The city of Chicago once had one of the strongest handgun crackdowns and toughest firearm laws in the whole country. This new ruling is one of the last things needed to decrease Chicago’s hold on firearm prohibitions. I wonder what the reasons people attribute the gun violence in Chicago to. When did the prohibitions start being overturned? and when did the rise in gun violence begin to occur? Are they related?

Editors Note: There are a couple of things to consider – First, if there’s federal precedent set, then no town or state will be able to set any such laws without the NRA or other such gun lobbyists winning any suit against said town/state. Second, how is the right-wing of politics okay with a federal judge telling a state/town what they can and can’t do – isn’t this something the right is always yelling about – too much government in our lives?

Anyway, here’s the article:

A federal judge has potentially opened a new market to gun dealers after ruling as unconstitutional Chicago ordinances that aim to reduce gun violence by banning their sale within the city’s limits.

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said Monday that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it’s also obligated to protect constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. However, Chang said he would temporarily stay the effects of his ruling, meaning the ordinances can stand while the city decides whether to appeal.

The decision is just the latest to attack what were some of the toughest gun-control laws in the nation. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s long-standing gun ban. And last year, Illinois legislators were forced by a federal appeals court to adopt a law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons; it was the only state that still banned the practice. The resulting law largely stripped officials in the city and surrounding Cook County of their authority to regulate guns, which especially irked officials in Chicago, where residents had to apply for concealed-carry permits through the police superintendent.

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And just in case you are wondering, here’s the Chicago Tribune’s take on the ruling:

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