BREAKING: Chicago's Ban On Gun Sales Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Judge
Chicago’s strictest-in-the-nation law banning gun sales within the city is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday.
The judge said the law banning the weapons sale “goes too far,” but delayed the effect of the ruling to give the city time to respond, Bloomberg reported.
“Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms,” U.S. District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang wrote in a 35-page opinion.
The ordinance, which has banned gun shops in Chicago since it was passed by the city council in 2010, also prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes with a handgun — even into their garages or onto their porches.
Chicago previously banned handguns in the city for 28 years until 2010, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the law.
The city, President Obama’s hometown, has struggled with gun violence and ended 2013 with 415 homicides, 88 fewer than in 2012 and 20 fewer than in 2011, according to an Associated Press tally. It was the fewest killings in the city since 1965.