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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:53 AM

 

Chicago vows to fight concealed carry ruling [View all]

Source: Yahoo News

CHICAGO (AP) With parts of the city in the grip of gang warfare and spiking homicide rates, Chicago aldermen urged state officials to appeal an appellate court's decision tossing Illinois' ban on concealed weapons, with some suggesting they might launch their own legal battle.

Outside a City Council meeting Wednesday, one alderman after another said they are so concerned that lifting the ban could lead to more gun violence that they are willing to write a new city ordinance even if it triggers a lengthy and expensive court fight.

"I believe that the city would be well within its rights to prohibit that (concealed weapons) within its borders, and then we'll take that up to the Supreme Court," said Alderman Joe Moore.

Several alderman pointed to how quickly they crafted one of the strictest handgun ordinances in the nation after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2010 nullified Chicago's 28-year-old handgun ban, saying they must do something to stop what they worry would be even more bloodshed on the city's streets.

"People's safety is at risk," said Alderman Anthony Beale.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-vows-fight-concealed-carry-ruling-080408481.html



Hmm - spiking gun violence and the highest murder rate in the country that coincide with the strictest gun laws in the country...sounds like people's safety is already at risk.

I just don't understand how people can be so progressive on some issues, and then toss that out of the window for gun laws that obviously aren't working.

Am I advocating arming everyone in Chicago? Of course not. But there has to be a middle ground between only criminals having guns and free guns for every resident.

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