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Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Chicago Mayor Offers Strict Gun Rules"

This A.P. story is on the website of the New York Times:

CHICAGO (AP) -- With the city's gun ban certain to be overturned, Mayor Richard Daley on Thursday introduced what city officials say is the strictest handgun ordinance in the United States.

The measure, which draws from ordinances around the country, would ban gun shops in Chicago and prohibit gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or garages, with a handgun.

Daley announced his ordinance at a park on the city's South Side three days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live. The City Council is expected to vote on it Friday.

''As long as I'm mayor, we will never give up or give in to gun violence that continues to threaten every part of our nation, including Chicago,'' said Daley, who was flanked by activists, city officials and the parents of a teenager whose son was shot and killed on a city bus while shielding a friend.

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Some people use guns recreationally. I know it's only a pretty small percentage, but you're going to tell them that they cannot take their guns outside their homes to go shooting?

Posted by: Joseph Marchelewski | Jul 2, 2010 5:35:05 PM

Recreational use of firearms has nothing to do with the "right" to keep and bear arms.It's to bad that Mayor Daley can't distinguish between citizens that want to protect themselves, and the drug gang members who get thier drugs, and guns illegally. If drug dealers were using machetes to hack each other to death would we then be banning any and all knives? Chicagos gun ban has done a great job of stemming violence to date hasn't it! Hey, lets make drugs illegal and then the drug problem will go away, but wait it already is illegal. Criminals by their nature really don't care about the laws. I guess that's why we call them criminals!

Posted by: Dave Duncan | Jul 3, 2010 7:30:43 AM

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