Council Set to Approve New Gun Ordinances

Gun ownership could be legal in Chicago in 10 days

By Jenel Nels
|  Friday, Jul 2, 2010  |  Updated 7:43 AM CDT
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The Chicago City Council is poised to fire off new gun legislation Friday.

In response to a Supreme Court decision that clears the way to eliminate handgun bans, the council will follow Mayor Daley's "responsible gun ownership" recommendations and likely pass a new ordinance today.

Mayor Daley outlined the plan Thursday. The legislation comes in response to the Monday's Supreme Court ruling that basically shot down Chicago's 28-year handgun ban.

"We are a country of laws and should never be a country of guns," Daley said Thursday.

Under the new ordinance, residents can buy guns, but only if they meet certain criteria.

Among some of the rules:

  • Residents cannot buy more than one gun a month
  • Prospective gun owners must take training classes
  • Anyone convicted of a violent crime, or anyone with 2 or more DUI's cannot own a gun
  • Assault weapons are banned
  • All guns require a city firearms permit
  • Only one gun can be kept in an operable position in the home. All others guns must be stored away with a trigger lock in place. 

The city council police and fire committee approved the legislation Thursday.

If passed by the full council, it would take effect in 10 days.

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