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Post Handgun Laws in DC, Chicago
Created by John Eipper on 02/16/17 4:54 AM

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Handgun Laws in DC, Chicago (David Duggan, USA, 02/16/17 4:54 am)

To address John E's question of February 14th, the original gun rights case, Heller v. DC (2008), stemmed from the blanket prohibition on owning a firearm in the District. Because DC is governed solely by federal law, it took another two years before McDonald v. Chicago extended the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms to the states through the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Heller invalidated a DC ordinance forbidding individual ownership of firearms. McDonald did likewise to a Chicago ordinance. In 2011, the Illinois legislature was required by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to create a state-wide concealed carry law (i.e., taking the matter out of local control), which was done by the close of the legislative session in 2012. Shortly after the 2010 McDonald decision I was in City Hall to pay my water bill and asked a police officer where I could apply for my gun permit now that the Supremes had ruled once again against the City's position. He simply walked away.

I applied for my state-issued Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card (it works wonders when you want to get access to a Chicago high-rise building). No comment on my concealed-carry permit. The 7th Circuit recently invalidated a Chicago ordinance which effectively banned any gun-shops or ranges within the City. I can hardly wait, as now I have to drive for 20 miles to find a range where I can practice the manly art of self-defense.

JE comments:  Womanly art, too--right, David?  The meme below needs a refresher course on superlatives, but you get the idea.

With Chicago's murder rate and the present national landscape, handguns must be flying off the shelves in that city.

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