Chicago Ends Gun Registry, Eliminates City Gun Permit Requirement

Chicago Ends Gun Registry, Eliminates City Gun Permit Requirement

On September 11, Chicago’s city council abolished its 45-year old gun registry and the city’s gun permit requirement amid pressure from the Supreme Court and the U.S. 7th Circuit Court Appeals.

In 2010’s McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court ruled against Chicago’s gun restrictions, making it clear that “every city and state must adhere to the Second Amendment.”  

Yet the Supreme Court did not specifically lay out what changes needed to take place. That happened in 2012, after the case returned to the 7th Circuit and the justices ruled specific bans “unconstitutional” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision. 

As a result of the 2012 decision, Illinois was forced to implement a concealed carry law. According to Reuters, “[this gave] control of gun regulations to the state… essentially nullifying Chicago’s power to require gun owners to register their weapons and have a city firearms permit.”

Although cooperative, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he does not agree with the 7th Circuit’s decision: “I think their interpretation is wrong.”

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