"Chicago will need some new and sensible legislating"

Sometime this month the Supreme Court will issue its eagerly anticipated decision in McDonald v. Chicago, the landmark gun rights case that will settle whether the Second Amendment applies against state and local governments. In preparation, the pro-gun control Chicago Tribune says it’s time for the Windy City to start crafting some new regulations in case things go poorly for Chicago's handgun ban:

The court's 2008 decision overturning a Washington, D.C., handgun ban made it clear that the Second Amendment does not preclude less stringent firearms regulation. "Like other rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited," said the court. The justices indicated that laws barring the carrying of concealed guns, excluding felons and the mentally ill from gun ownership, and forbidding unusually destructive weapons are all acceptable.

So the justices also may be willing to permit rules requiring handgun owners to undergo safety training, pass background checks, register their weapons and secure them from children. What the court probably won't tolerate is restrictions whose obvious purpose is to make it so hard for citizens to acquire guns legally that they give up....

Chicago has a duty to respect the Constitution as it is interpreted by the Supreme Court, just as Chicago has the right and responsibility to protect its citizens against the abuse and misuse of guns.

City Hall had better get to work figuring out how to do both.

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  • Suki||

    How about doing what the SCOTUS tells them to do instead of pulling a DC like the Tribune advocates!

  • ||

    City Hall had better get to work figuring out how to do both.

    I suspect they really mean, "figuring out how to do an end run around the ruling to ensure guns are kept out of the hands of citizens who actually are inclined to obey the law."

  • PabloKoh||

    Good news lately! 2 different instances of intruders being killed by Chicago homeowners with handguns, and neither homeowner was prosecuted.

  • David||

    Yeah, the news barely covered the fact that people used handguns, which are illegal, to defend themselves from these criminals or the implications of that. There was an estimate that 100,000 households in Chicago have illegal handguns, so it's pretty clear that the ban isn't working all that well.

  • ||

    I'm fairly certain I'm the only person in Chicago that doesn't own a gun. Seriously.

  • SWAT||

    What's your address, compliant citizen?

  • ||

    123 Fake St.

  • ||

    Actually Clubs address is A1 Prime Box Prison Beetch

  • Tim||

    If the new regulations can't fit on a T-shirt then they are, ipso facto, not sensible.

  • ||

    And if you can't read them while ATF girl over there is pulling up her shirt to reveal her lovely pelvis, she needs strict scrutiny.

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    I mean, they need strict scrutiny.

  • ||

    protect its citizens against the abuse and misuse of guns.

    That's right. We have to end gun abuse. No more beating up guns with hammers. No more putting them in the oven with the barrel pointing out.

  • hmm||

    It still boggles my mind that Illinois has some of the best gun shows around here, yet you have to show ID, a letter from god and mom, a picture of you kissing some politicians ass, and bring your own KY to buy a fucking round.

  • Invisible Finger||

    And newspapers wonder why they're dying.

  • DDS -- NRA Life Member||

    "Chicago will need some new and sensible legislating..."

    Fertilizer!

    What Chicago needs is a new and sensible mayor, a new and sensible police chief, and a new and sensible editorial board at their newspaper.

    The facts are simple. A small minority of Chicago's professional criminal underclass are responsible for the vast majority of Chicago's crime. The police department knows who they are. The police chief and the mayor are ignoring the problem. The newspaper refuses to call them on it. And the voters are asleep.

  • Jason||

    Here's how you get around this ruling:

    1. A desire to own a gun is a sign of burgeoning conservatism.
    2. Conservatism is a symptom of a mental illness, authoritarian personality disorder.
    3. Gun ownership by the mentally ill is illegal.
    4. Therefore, no-one can own a gun.

  • Erik R.||

    Mayor Daley is in desperation mode right now, and it shows when he makes comments like "I understand completely, but guns 'is not' the answer", and talks about sticking a gun barrel "up a reporter's butt", and then proclaiming that he will still enforce the ban. It's a rather strange and awkward way of saying "Hay, my ban is outta here, and there's not much I can do about it, but I'm still kicking & screaming, flopping on the floor & foaming at the mouth.

  • cynical||

    Maybe he should defy SCOTUS and stand in the... umm... gun-licensing-place door. Gun control now, gun control tomorrow, gun control forever!

  • ||

    If it's a right, no license is required. Needing a license implies that it's a privilege, not a right.

  • ||

    So the justices also may be willing to permit rules requiring handgun owners to undergo safety training, pass background checks, register their weapons and secure them from children.

    There are rules, and then there are rules. You can take Chicago's safety training, which is only offered at 2 AM Mondays semiannually and costs $500, background checks take 3 months to clear and another $500, registration will cost $1000/gun and take another 3 months to process the paperwork, the only approved (and mandatory) gun safe costs $3k, and in any case your gun must be unloaded and trigger locked at all times (for the children).

  • ||

    The only way they will get new and sensibile legislation is if the voters don't reelect any of the existing politicans.

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