Chicago officials, led by Mayor Richard Daley, severely criticized the Supreme Court’s decision on handguns last Tuesday and responded by passing a new ordinance just four days later. The new ordinance which is to be in place within a week is being criticized far and wide by the public.
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The reason for the criticism is because the new city ordinance is basically a series of costly hoops a person needs to jump through in order to legally own a gun in Chicago. The ordinance appears to be designed for wealthier people, who are less likely to need guns for protection in their better neighborhoods – leaving the poor in worse neighborhoods, often minorities, unable to follow the costly procedures to Chicago gun ownership.
Those who support the ordinance say that there’s too much killing and too many shootings in Chicago, and they believe this ordinance will help curb Chicagoan’s appetite for guns. Those who do not support the new ordinance say that, like before, those who want guns bad enough will get one without following the new stringent laws – especially the citizens who are not financially able to follow the costly rules to legally get a gun .
The financial costs within the new Chicago ordinance on gun ownership includes a $15 registration for each firearm, $100 every three years for a permit issued by the city, plus costly required training in firearm use.
Besides the cost requirements, Chicago gun owners must: only use their gun in their home – not use it on their porch or in their garage, follow limits on the number of guns they own, follow safety measures designed if children are in the home, register as a gun offender if a gun owner has a criminal past involving firearms, not own a gun if convicted of various crimes including DUIs, be fingerprinted, be trained, and agree to be placed in a registry provided to police, firefighters, and emergency ambulance workers.
Former gun owners have 90 days in which to comply with the ordinance or they must get rid of their gun.
The punishment for those who do not follow the laws of the ordinance will be fined up to $5,000 and 90 days of jail time, and repeat violations will result in being fined up to $10,000 and 6 months in jail. Expect these strict measures to find their way to the courtroom again as there are citizens who simply want to own a gun for their own protection but won’t be able to acquire one legally due to the many requirements placed on them by Mayor Daley and the Chicago City Council.
UPDATE: First lawsuit filed against Mayor Richard Daley and the City of Chicago by four Chicagoans, four former gun owners, on July 6, 2010.