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That Didn't Take Long: Plaintiffs Challenge New Chicago Handgun Law

Gun Last Friday, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McDonald v. Chicago, the city, anticipating that the ruling was the death knell for Chicago's restrictive handgun ordinance, enacted a new ordinance that, while still strict, was less akin to an "outright ban" on gun possession.

Apparently, plaintiffs were ready for that move as well. Yesterday, a suit was filed (.pdf) in federal district court in Chicago, challenging the new law. The complaint is heavy on "legislative history," i.e., statements made by City Council members about how horrible a decision was McDonald. As pointed out at The Volokh Conspiracy, the meat of the complaint -- the provisions being challenged -- is in paragraphs 19-28.

Plaintiffs take aim at age restrictions (those under 21 cannot get a permit without parental consent); bans on sales of guns and laser sights; a ban on ranges/training facilities within the city limits; a limit of one gun per person; a ban on carrying handguns outside the home; and the authority of the city to establish a list of "unsafe handguns" that will be banned.

Let the games begin again!

Posted by Eric Lipman on July 7, 2010 at 10:29 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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