Gun Law Update: Chicagoans allowed to purchase handguns*.
*comes with a lot of catches…
Mayor Daley’s proposal to allow Chicagoans the right to own handguns passed unanimously though the city council on Friday July 2, 2010; however, the law imposes some strict limitations on soon to be gun owners.
One prerequisite is a mandatory 5 hour weapons training class conducted by the police department. Also, potential gun owners are limited to one firearm purchase a month, per adult member of a residence.
There are some legal requirements in order to purchase guns or obtain a license as well. One being that anyone convicted of domestic violence, DUI, or a violent crime cannot register to own a firearm.
The legislation doesn’t mention any type of limitations regarding how far convictions go back–so that leads one to wonder if someone convicted of a DUI a decade ago would be indefinitely prohibited to own a handgun in Chicago.
You can read the full text of the Mayor Daley’s proposal which passed here:
Its going to be interesting to follow how other states are address their current gun laws after this win for gun owners in Chicago.