Will Daley Ever Learn?
In light of this week’s Supreme Court ruling on McDonald V Chicago, which lays the framework for declaring gun bans like Chicago’s unconstitutional, Mayor Daley has decided to get in front of the curve by revamping the city’s firearms laws.
The measure, which draws from ordinances around the country, would ban gun shops in Chicago and prohibit gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or garages, with a handgun.
Now, I’m not a resident of Chicago, or even Illinois (thank God!), so I don’t know how many gun shops are actually in Chicago currently. I’m certain there are some. A quick Google search, however, does not show any, except for a military surplus store, and a “rod and gun club,” but I’m not certain if they sell firearms or not. So, basically, what Daley is saying, is that sure, you have a right to a firearm, but I’m not going to allow anyone to sell you one!
Wonder what the reaction might be if, say, he switched it around for abortions? Sure, Roe V Wade gives the right to an abortion, but I’m not going to allow any clinics here to perform one for you!
Other provisions in Daley’s proposal include:
• Limit the number of handguns residents can register to one per month and prohibit residents from having more than one handgun in operating order at any given time.
• Require residents in homes with children to keep them in lock boxes or equipped with trigger locks
Umm, that sounds very much like a very slightly watered down version of the provisions that made Washington DC’s regulation unconstitutional. What’s the point of having it if it must be disassembled or locked up? And other questions, such as a household with four legal gun owners? Can there still be only one in operating condition? Or can each one keep in firing order? What if the one stays home, does everyone else have to disable theirs before they leave?
Another provision in the proposal, which I don’t have much of a problem with in theory, is a “four-hour class and one-hour training at a gun range.” Firearms are dangerous if not respected and handled properly, and can lead to accidents.
However, there is a problem: No new ranges will be allowed to open in Chicago. The current ranges are only open to law enforcement officers. Again, you can have it, but good luck meeting the requirements!
One other provision I find a tad curious:
Those who already have handguns in the city — which has been illegal since the city’s ban was approved 28 years ago — would have 90 days to register those weapons, according to the proposed ordinance.
So, basically, Mayor Daley is admitting that the 28 year old ban on handguns does not actually keep handguns out of his city? Wow, what a concept. And, if you do come forward to register it, does one still have to go through the classes before they are allowed to keep it?
Sorry, Mayor, but your crusade will likely not work. The Heller decision stated that many provisions you are proposing put an undue burden on the exercising of Constitutional right. McDonald affirmed that state and local governments can not trump the Second Amendment.
So, go ahead and try, you moron. I’m certain there will be lawsuits filed the second your pen signs this stupid ordinance into law. And with any luck, the courts will put a stay on it while it finds its way to unconstitutionality.