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Illinois: Cook County and Chicago Deal Serious Blows to Gun Rights in Wake of Concealed Carry Legislation

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Yesterday, the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the Chicago City Council met in order to consider ordinances that would ban so-called “assault weapons.”  During the Chicago City Council meeting, council members took the opportunity to demean gun owners and the NRA, even suggesting that those residents who oppose the new gun regulations can just leave the city.  However, Chicago’s proposed ordinance included language saying “Nothing in this section shall be construed to regulate any firearm or ammunition to the extent that such regulation be preempted.”  After losing over $2 million in attorney’s fees from legal battles with the NRA, ISRA and SAF, Chicago has officially blinked.  While this single line is a victory, the rest of the ordinance continues to add more types of firearms onto the list of banned firearms and demand they be removed or disposed of within sixty days of the effective date even if they were owned lawfully.

Following such outright slander of those who enjoy exercising their Second Amendment rights, Cook County proceeded to deny Second Amendment rights for anyone under the age of 21 by banning the sale of long guns to those who are 18-20 years old.  In the same meeting, they also restricted the number of rounds that can be carried in magazines to ten and enacted a new storage ordinance.  These egregious infringements of fundamental rights seek only to disarm law-abiding residents and hinder their ability to protect themselves.  Cook County and Chicago believe they know what is best for their citizens by disarming them.  Yet they continue to see some of the most horrendous and violent crime in the United States in their streets.

Any township within Cook County will be affected by these ordinances unless the local governments act by tomorrow and opt out.  Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated when more information becomes available.

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