Gun Litigation Follows Supreme Court Ruling

A lawsuit has already been filed in response to a new gun ownership ordinance approved by the Chicago City Council in the wake of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling (McDonald v. Chicago) that limits local and state governments’ ability to ban handguns.

The Huffington Post has the lowdown on the lawsuit which was filed by the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers and four Chicago residents against Chicago mayor Richard Daley and the City of Chicago, claiming the city’s gun ordinance violates their rights.

The responsible gun ownership ordinance was announced by Mayor Daley just three days after the U.S. Supreme court held that states must respect the federal right of an individual under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms.

According to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, the Chicago ordinance doesn’t mess around:

It bans gun shops in Chicago and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or in their garages, with a handgun.

It also requires anyone who wants to keep a handgun at home to obtain a Chicago firearm permit, take firearms training and have no convictions for a violent crime, unlawful use of a firearm or two or more charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Each weapon must be registered, and owners can only register one weapon each month, according to the ordinance.†

The WSJ last week suggested that the Supreme Court ruling would likely trigger a flood of suits in states and cities with restrictive laws. This lawsuit appears to confirm that prediction.

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