Daley Calls City Council to Vote on New Gun Law

Mayor expected to propose banning gun merchants in city, limiting ownership to one handgun per resident

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010  |  Updated 9:30 PM CDT
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Chicago Mayor Richard Daley discusses the next options the city has to protect its citizens from gun violence following the Supreme Court's ruling.

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Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is moving quickly to get a new gun ordinance on the books.

The mayor on Wednesday called the City Council to meet in special session Friday to discuss and vote on a new handgun ordinance.

"As a city we must continue to stand up ..and fight for a ban on assault weapons .. as well as a crackdown on gun shops," Daley said. "We are a country of laws not a nation of guns," he said Monday.

The Supreme Court that day that ruled Americans have the right to posses handguns for self defense in the home. The ruling is certain to mean the city's 28-year-old handgun ban will be overturned by an appellate court.

The ordinance will likely include limiting each resident to one handgun and prohibit gun stores from opening in Chicago.

Typically, an ordinance goes to a council committee before the full council, but the City Clerk's office says the mayor has the authority to send it directly to the full council.

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