Constitutional Law

Chicago's ban on gun stores is struck down


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A federal judge on Monday overturned Chicago’s ban on gun stores and private sales of firearms.

U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang found the ban on gun sales violated the Second Amendment, report the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the New York Times. Chang stayed his decision (PDF) to allow for an appeal.

Chang said nothing in his ruling “prevents the city from considering other regulations—short of the complete ban—on sales and transfers of firearms to minimize the access of criminals to firearms and to track the ownership of firearms.”

A statement issued by the city says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “strongly disagrees” with the court’s decision and he “has instructed the city’s corporation counsel to consider all options to better regulate the sale of firearms within the city’s borders.”

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