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Chicago Passes Strict Gun Store Ordinance

June 25, 2014

Associated Press

Guns for sale (file photo)
Guns for sale (file photo)

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago City Council has approved an ordinance that dramatically limits where gun stores can operate and requires them to videotape every purchase to prevent people from buying a gun for someone else.

Aldermen voted 48-0 on Wednesday. The ordinance comes after a January federal court ruling gave Chicago until July 14 to put gun store rules in place. The proposal has been criticized by firearms rights groups and likely will prompt a legal fight.

Chicago has been at the center of national debate over gun control and gun violence, even before its decades-old handgun ban was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010.

The new law would prohibit gun shops in most of Chicago.

Richard Pearson of the Illinois State Rifle Association says the ordinance is so restrictive it amounts to a ban, and will likely be challenged in court. He says owners couldn't possibly make a living selling guns in Chicago.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city created a "smart, tough and enforceable ordinance."


Original headline: Chicago City Council passes strict gun store law

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