City Hall is rewriting Chicago’s gun ordinance to tighten registration requirements in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling Monday that crippled the city’s handgun ban and granted citizens across the country the right to legally keep weapons in their home for protection.
Though the court stopped short of overturning the ban, Mayor Richard Daley conceded that the ruling extending Second Amendment rights to people in cities and states effectively gutted the city’s 28-year-old ban. He said City Hall has begun preparing stricter gun control measures aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and making legal gun owners more accountable for their weapons.
“It means that Chicago’s current handgun ban is unenforceable, so we’re working to rewrite our ordinance in a reasonable and responsible way to protect Second Amendment rights and protect Chicagoans from gun violence,” the mayor said.
The Supreme Court returned the case to the lower courts, leaving Chicago with the option of continuing its fight to preserve its handgun ordinance. But the court made it clear that such bans violate the Constitution and infringe on every law-abiding citizen’s “right to keep and bear arms.”