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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Mayor Daley: You're Not Listening.

The new Chicago gun restriction ordinance was just passed, supposedly to come into compliance with the Supreme Court's ruling in McDonald, which effectively overturned the 28 year Chicago gun ban. In McDonald, the Supreme Court said that they based their decision in the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection clause, which made the right to bear arms an individual right.

Comes now the new ordinance passed unanimously (45-0) by the Chicago aldermen. This ordinance has laughably been referred to in at least one headline as a "gun rights ordinance."

Look for the violations of equal protection:

1. Only one handgun per licensee per household may be operable. All other handguns must be disassembled, and/or locked up.

2. Each firearm must be registered with the city, for a $15 fee. The gun owner must get a city registration card, for a fee of $100, renewable every three years. If you're late to submit your yearly gun registration, there's an extra $60 fee. The gun owner must obtain 4 hours' worth of classroom training, and an hour of range training. Presumably, for a fee. (Too bad if you're poor; rights are for the wealthy.) Firearms training for a Chicago permit may NOT be held in the city of Chicago.

3. Only one handgun per month may be registered.

4. Registrants may not have their handguns on their porches. They may not have them in their yards. They may not have them in their garages. Only in their homes may registrants posses their single working handgun.

5. Two convictions for DWI, ever? No handguns in Chicago. They will not permit it.

6. Ever violated the city ordinance against possessing laser sights or suppressors? Ever violated the ordinance by loaning someone a gun? No license for you, then.

Text of the ordinance is HERE.

What part of "nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws" do you not understand?!?

And this last bit amazed me:
Residents convicted of violating the ordinance face a fine of up to $5,000 and be locked up for as long as 90 days for a first offense, and a fine of up to $10,000 and as long as six months behind bars for subsequent convictions.
This is a MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE! In other words, a ticketable offense. In Texas, with few exceptions, a citable offense (class C misdemeanor) may not incur a fine of more than $500. Shoot, there's argument over whether we should even be able to put a person in jail for an ordinance violation. (So far, we still can, but it's a bone of contention.) But, as we know, we here in Texas do not know the Chicago Way.

As I learn more about the Chicago Way (45-0 vote?!?), and consider that our President's career was manufactured by that machine, I get very chilly.

I suppose that we should thank the City Of Chicago for so publicly making clear that they do not consider themselves part of the rest of the nation. Certainly my southern Illinois friend Don Gwinn does not consider Chicago to be a part of the state that he lives in.

Chicago lives Apart.

Come home, Windy City. Abide with us Americans.

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At Saturday, July 03, 2010 11:26:00 AM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Chicago and Daley are oblivious... They think laws don't apply to them (Chi-town Aldermen, by the way, get gun permits as a matter of course). This one will go back up again.

At Saturday, July 03, 2010 11:41:00 AM, Blogger Chip said...

Hell I live 20 miles from the city and I don't consider them part of the state. You know some of us Illinoisans tried to warn the rest of the country about Obama but nobody seemed to listen.

At Saturday, July 03, 2010 12:44:00 PM, Anonymous Peter said...

To be precise, the ordinance allows one gun per permit-holder in a household to be operable. So if you and your spouse both have permits, there can be two operable guns in the household.

Which doesn't really have any impact on the broader point you're trying to make, admittedly.

At Saturday, July 03, 2010 1:40:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Peter: Are you sure? The news story that I had read mentioned one per household.

Someone got a copy of the text of the new ordinance?

At Saturday, July 03, 2010 1:46:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Text here. Reading now.

At Saturday, July 03, 2010 6:16:00 PM, Anonymous Peter said...

Specifically, page 9 of the .pdf ordinance, section 8-20-040, for those who are still reading.

At Saturday, July 03, 2010 10:18:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Yeah, I'd found it and corrected. Oops.

At Sunday, July 04, 2010 5:06:00 AM, Blogger Home on the Range said...

Daley's plan to curb the off the charts gun violence by criminals? When there's a shooting spree take away all the guns of those who DIDN'T do it.

At Sunday, July 04, 2010 10:05:00 AM, Blogger zeeke42 said...

What's the penalty for DWI in Illinois? In Massachusetts, a single DUI is a lifetime federal disqualifier because the maximum penalty is 2.5 years in jail, which makes it a felony by the federal definition.

At Sunday, July 04, 2010 1:06:00 PM, Anonymous Stingray said...

Let's see, and it'll take how long for this to wander back through court circuits? Two, three, five years? And then how long for Dickie to draft a new version that says the same thing only "Ok, and you can train in town"?

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad as hell Heller & McD came through for us, but I'm still not holding my breath that Chitown, SanFran, or DC will become places I could visit in my lifetime.

At Monday, July 05, 2010 8:10:00 AM, Blogger Pawpaw said...

regarding Daley not listening: Daley isn't the problem insomuch as the voters in Chicago keep returning him to the office. Daley should have been tarred and feathered years ago, either literally or metaphorically by the voters he supposes to represent.

Voters tend to forget that elections have consequences and Daley (along with his entire machine) is only interested in perpetuating power. The voters in Chicago are the problem because they keep returning him to office. Once the voters decide that freedom is preferable to any other alternative, Daley will become an historical footnote.

At Tuesday, July 06, 2010 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Don said...

Didja notice the part in the initial resolutions (the "whereas" section) where Chicago demands that the state legislature enact a law giving Chicago's first responders (and the city) civil immunity in cases of "accidental or lawfully intentional actions by the first responders in responding to a situation in a home where a gun is present and the first responder perceives a danger caused by the presence of the gun. . ."


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