Judge rules Chicago gun ban is unconstitutional



A federal judge ruled Monday that Chicago’s ban on virtually all sales and transfers of firearms is unconstitutional.

“The stark reality facing the City each year is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds of murders committed with a gun. But on the other side of this case is another feature of government: certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government’s reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment,” wrote U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang.

“Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms,” he continued.

Chang explicitly did not rule out other types of regulation, short of a complete ban, in order to "minimize the access of criminals to firearms and to track the ownership of firearms.

Great news! :):thumbsup:


Given the gun crime rate of Chicago he should have ruled it useless.


Remember the amendment to the Constitution to prevent alcoholism? That didn’t work because the alcohol is only the instrument, an instrument that is virtuously controlled by large amounts of people and viciously abused by large amounts of people. So, the real issue is not the guns, but rather the way to limit their abuse.


The police chief in Detroit has stated that legally armed citizens are part of the solution to the high crime rate in Detroit. Chicago has been in liberal la la land for years. Their gun band encouraged violent crime. A criminal that will rob someone is not the type to obey any gun laws.




An who would have thought that Chicago likes to " cling to guns " as much as others if not more than those who like to " cling to guns and religion ".


Chicago will not obey the ruling; they will do what DC did when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the founders’ intent in adopting the constitutional right of citizens to bear arms.

DC got around the ruling by issuing unconstitutionally restrictive red tape regulations which smother the intent of the ruling. Thanks to the sloppy wording of the Court’s ruling, the citizens of DC still don’t have an uninfringed right to bear arms. It may be a long, long time, if ever, before another case reaches the Supreme Court to grant relief to the citizens of DC.


Judge Edmond Chang is an Obama appointee.


This is so true. And gun control laws that affect law abiding citizens more than they do the criminal element are not the way to limit their abuse. For many politicians, however flashy gun laws are just a way to show their constituents that they are really, really doing something about the core problem which is a crime problem.


Yeah, I know that. Just like “may issue” and “shall issue” states regarding licenses to carry handguns. It’s just nice to get it down on paper that a federal judge has ruled that Chicago’s gun ban is unconstitutional.


I agree! We can only hope that it may make the Democrats think twice before they attack the 2nd amendment like they did in my state which resulted in the successful recall elections of two state senators who unwisely made public statements that the constitution did not guarantee the right to bear arms. When the politicians make noises that sound more like a United Nations charter rather than upholding what the courts have consistently ruled to be the law of the land, then it’s time for them to be gone.


On the other hand it’s nice that folks like Alan Gura and the SAF will have a consistant source of income. :wink:


True, because you and I will be the ones voluntarily providing the income to secure our rights in court. And guess who, involuntarily, provides the income (taxes) to those who keep denying us our rights in court? And the operating income of the courts?

Ain’t Democratic Socialism grand?




Good bye boys, I’m goin’ ***BACK ***to Chicagy!


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